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The Week In Crime: Pioneer Square Shooting, A Bucketful of Marijuana, and UAVs

Here are a few of the incidents highlighted  on the SPD Blotter over the last week:

The week started off with a bandit delivering both insult and injury to a man in Lake City, first stealing a beer from the victim and then stabbing him.

April 22nd was an unfortunately violent day in Seattle.

SPD detectives are asking for the public’s help in finding the person who indiscriminately opened fire in Pioneer Square the morning of April 22nd, fatally wounding 21-year-old Nicole Westbrook.

Westbrook and her boyfriend were walking home from a comedy club after 2 am, when a white car rolled past them on 2nd Avenue and Yesler Way. Someone in the car fired several shots out into the street, striking Westbrook in her neck. Patrol officers arrived on scene within 20 seconds and gave Westbrook CPR until medics arrived a short time later. She later died at Harborview hospital. The department does not believe she or her boyfriend were the intended target of the shooting.

If you witnessed Sunday’s shooting or have information about the vehicle or suspects involved the incident, please contact the Seattle Police Department’s violent crimes hotline at (206) 233-5000.

Gang Unit detectives are investigating two other April 22 drive-by shootings at 32nd Avenue S. and S. Bennett Street and 48th Avenue S. and S. Holden Street, which may be related to one another.

Officers also arrested a 22-year-old man in Alki that same day after he rammed his car into a motorcyclist and then pulled a gun on the man.

In yet another incident, police arrested a man near NE 52nd Street and University Way NE in the University District after he slashed the tires on another man’s car and stabbed him in the back.

Two days later, on April 24, patrol officers seized a bucketful of marijuana from a home in the South Precinct after two men bailed out of a car during a traffic stop and ran into the home near 53rd Avenue S. and Renton Avenue S. Officers entered the home and found the two men—who are both in their late teens—along with the big bucket of cannabis.

Speaking of drugs, if you wamt to get rid of any dangerous, expired, or unwanted prescription drugs in your home, bring them to any of the SPD’s five precincts this Saturday, April 28, between 10 am and 2 pm for National Drug Take Back Day.
Finally, a Columbia City bank was damaged April 26 after someone threw an incendiary device at the business.
There’s been a lot of controversy hovering over the Seattle Police Department’s year-old Unmanned Aerial Vehicle this week. While the department has had the UAVs for some time, they have never been the deployed as SPD is still hammering out guidelines for the appropriate use of this new technology. You can find out more about SPD’s UAV program here and here.

You can find more details about all these incidents, as well as other stories from the week, on the SPD Blotter.