The cheers, tears and joyful hugs to mark the Seahawks first-ever Super Bowl victory turned violent late last night and early this morning.
Two men were shot and wounded near the massive celebration in Pioneer Square. Bottles and rocks were thrown at Seattle police, and the windows of businesses were broken out, said police spokesman Mark Jamieson
“We pushed the crowd south to disperse them. It was effective,” Jamieson said.
In total, about a half-dozen people were arrested in and around the celebrations across the city.
Details about the two shootings remain scarce, and it’s unclear whether they were celebration-related, Jamieson said.
One man was shot near the intersection of First Avenue and Cherry Street; the second man in the 200 block of Alaskan Way South, Jamieson said.
Police arrested a man in connection with the shooting at First and Cherry. They only later identified the victim after he showed up at Harborview Medical Center, Jamieson said.
“Officers were right there because of the crowds. They made an arrest and recovered the gun,” Jamieson said.
The victims of the two shootings were hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries early this morning. No arrest has been made in the Alaskan Way shooting, police said.
The pergola in Pioneer Square suffered some $25,000 damage during the celebrations, said Joelle Hammerstad, spokeswoman for Seattle Parks and Recreation.
Twenty glass panels were broken, she said. “The panels of glass are very expensive,, They’re $800 to $900 a piece.”
The copper on the structure also was damaged. If it is not replaced, the structure will leak, she said.
In 2001, the pergola was knocked down by a truck and was soldered back together.
While Pioneer Square was the scene of a huge early morning celebration, immediately after the game crowds spilled onto the streets of the University District.
Crowds congregated on Greek Row, just steps from the University of Washington, and started a bonfire. Sofas and other furniture were burned. One person was arrested in connection with reckless burning, Jamieson said.