Gang Unit detectives working an emphasis patrol in the Central District on Halloween night arrested two men and seized a gun, drugs, and a Jeep which may be connected to a recent shooting in south Seattle, which left two people wounded.
In recent weeks, sources have told gang detectives about the potential for gang violence on Halloween night, marking the fourth anniversary of the murder of Quincy Coleman, who was shot and killed near Garfield High School in 2008.
Last night, as detectives patrolled the Central District, they spotted two men standing next to a silver Jeep parked on 21st Avenue and E. James Street, about four blocks away from where friends of Coleman’s had gathered for a memorial outside Garfield.
Detectives believed the Jeep matched the description of a vehicle that sped away from the scene of a double shooting on October 23rd near Mount Baker, so they pulled over to talk to the two men.
When detectives approached two men—who are 18 and 25 years old—at 21st Ave. and James St., one of the men tried to walk off down the street.
Detectives then searched the two men and found a pistol in the 18-year-old man’s pocket. Detectives also found 13 grams of crack cocaine and a small amount of marijuana in the 25-year-old man’s Jeep. The 18-year-old man is a felon, and is not supposed to have access to guns.
Detectives and patrol officers arrested the two men—booking the 18-year-old into jail on a weapons charge, and the 25-year-old on a drug charge—and seized the Jeep, which was taken to SPD’s evidence unit.