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The Week In Crime: Shootings, Road Rampages, and Synchronicity

There was a strange sort of synchronicity in some of the 6,611 incidents police responded to in the last week.

On May 12, a man in his 20s was wounded in a shooting in the parking lot of a south Seattle restaurant near Rainier Avenue and S. Fisher Place. Four days later, a 31-year-old man was shot and killed in the same restaurant parking lot.

Then, fires broke out at two different marijuana grow operations in south Seattle—one in the basement of a restaurant, the other in a home—which were running on shoddy wiring systems, rigged to illegally divert power to the pot farms.

This week also brought a series of road rampages around the city.

On May 11, a car thief in a stolen Honda Accord hit a man as he was crossing the street in Greenwood, rammed two police cars, and tried to drive into several other officers before police arrested him in the Roosevelt neighborhood.

Three days later, on May 14, a suspected DUI driver in a stolen pickup truck crashed into three other vehicles near N. 40th Street and Aurora Avenue N, and then drove to the University District, where he slammed into another car, flipping it on its side. Both the suspect and the driver of the other car were taken to Harborview.

Then, on May 18, a man crashed into several vehicles as he led police on a wild chase through the Central District.

Finally, we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention one very strange car prowler, who broke into a Jeep in the University District this week, took nothing, and then left a dozen tortillas on the floor of the car.