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September 7, 2013 at 12:46 PM
Police have arrested a 21-year-old in connection with the Friday night stabbing of a 16-year-old male at Second Avenue and Pine Street.
The arrest was made in Tukwila.
Seattle police responded to the stabbing just before 8 p.m. Friday. The victim, who had been hanging out with a group of friends, was stabbed five times in the back. He was taken to Harborview Medical Center with injuries that were considered life-threatening, according to a Seattle Fire Department spokeswoman.
Police reported the victim knew his attackers and that witnesses were suspected gang members and uncooperative in the investigation.
Later, a female approached a Tukwila police officer at a light-rail station, Seattle police said today. She pointed out two people and told Tukwila police that they had been involved in a Seattle stabbing, police said. Tukwila officers detained the two and Seattle gang-unit detectives came to interview them. A 21-year-old suspect was booked into King County Jail for investigation of assault.
September 6, 2013 at 8:46 PM
A 16-year-old man was transported to Harborview Medical Center with life-threatening injuries after he was stabbed five times in the back, according to a Seattle Fire Depeartment spokeswoman.
The incident occurred shortly before 8 p.m. Friday evening at Second Avenue and Pine Street downtown where the teen was hanging out with a group of friends. Seattle police officials believe he knew his attackers.
We’ll add more information as it becomes available.
August 12, 2013 at 7:40 PM
For the past 14 years, Deloy Dupuis has spent his workday behind the wheel of a Metro bus. On Monday morning, as the commute was winding down, the 64-year-old driver was shot doing his job.
He survived, miraculously, despite wounds to his face and arm. He was released from Harborview Medical Center on Monday afternoon.
Over on Reddit, we noticed this call-out, asking for people to show bus drivers some support: ”As a car-free urbanite I rely on the buses, riding them nearly everywhere I go. Today’s shooting is giving me a serious case of the sads. I thought maybe we could all share something nice about bus drivers as a show of support for them, thankless and fraught as their jobs often are.”
We thought our readers might also have thoughts to share about their favorite bus driver. After all, they are the people you see every day, who may give you the first friendly greeting of the morning. They are there to pick you up after a long day at work, and they sometimes have to deal with passengers who bring their troubles aboard.
So tell us about your driver. We’ll collect the best responses and share them with you below. Leave them here in comments, tweet them @seattletimes or email them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
August 12, 2013 at 12:39 PM
It’ll be a little more difficult than usual trying to get from here to there in downtown Seattle today because of the investigation into the shooting of a Metro bus driver.
It’s a fluid situation, but at the moment, here’s the best we could get from the Seattle Department of Transportation and King County Metro:
- Second Avenue between Union and Seneca streets is closed, according to the SDOT. However, both Union and Seneca themselves are open.
- Although First and Third avenues remain open, drivers should expect congestion, SDOT warned.
- Buses are “pretty much back to normal” according to King County Metro, although a stop at 3rd Avenue and Union Street remains closed. Buses along those routes are simply “doing a jog” around the closed intersection and then getting back on course in a block or two. Delays are expected.
August 12, 2013 at 9:19 AM
The man suspected of shooting a Metro bus driver before being shot by police has died, Seattle police said this afternoon.
A law-enforcement source identified the gunman as Martin A. Duckworth, 31.
Police say Duckworth shot the Metro bus driver this morning in downtown Seattle during a confrontation. Duckworth was then shot by police after he boarded a second bus, Seattle police said.
The bus driver, 64, was shot around 8:45 a.m. while the Route 27 bus was at Third Avenue near University Street, but his injuries were not life-threatening, police said, and he has since been released from Harborview Medical Center.
Harborview confirmed the driver’s name is Deloy Dupuis. King County Executive Dow Constantine, who visited Dupuis at Harborview this morning, said he was “remarkably upbeat” despite wounds to his face and arm. He has been a driver for Metro since 1999.
Seattle police Assistant Chief Paul McDonagh said two officers were near Third and University when they were contacted by people who had been on the bus in which the driver was shot. One officer assisted the wounded driver while the other chased the gunman south on Third, McDonagh said. The man ran west on University, firing at the officer, McDonagh said. Later in the day, Acting Police Chief Jim Pugel said the man pointed the gun but that only “clicks” might have come from the revolver he was carrying.
After running south on Second Avenue, the man boarded, along with other passengers, a bus stopped on Seneca Street at the intersection, police said.
Officers converged on the bus and opened fire on the suspect, McDonagh said. About a dozen bullet holes were visible on the front of the bus.
Four officers, including two who were off-duty, opened fire when the man raised his gun, then fired again when he raised the gun a second time, Pugel said.
Duckworth suffered what were said to be life-threatening wounds. He also was taken to Harborview, where he died this afternoon.
McDonagh said officers had to make a difficult decision when they fired at the bus, which held about 15 passengers.
“I believe they made the right choice,” McDonagh said, describing the situation as “dangerous and dynamic.” McDonagh called the shooting of the bus driver rare.
Pugel said the incident began when three people got on the first bus at the rear door.
When the driver asked them to pay at the front of the bus, two got off and came to the front to pay, Pugel said.
But the third, identified as the gunman, stayed on the bus and paced back and forth before approaching the driver, Pugel said.
The suspect then “physically assaulted” the driver and shot him at least twice, Pugel said.
Duckworth was placed on state Department of Corrections community supervision after a drug-case conviction in King County in October 2011 and completed the supervision April 15, Chad Lewis, a spokesman for the state Department of Corrections, said today.
On his Facebook page, Duckworth said he was a self-employed barber.
Police said a 32-year-old officer, who was among those who fired, suffered minor injuries in the incident, possibly from broken glass. A second officer, who is in his 50s, was also taken to Harborview for treatment for an undisclosed medical condition, police said.
A female passenger sustained minor bruising while evacuating the second bus, police said.
A witness who had gotten on the first bus just before the shooting said she saw the gunman yelling in the driver’s face. The gunman got off the bus, but then stepped back on and shot the driver five times, once in the jaw, the witness told Seattle Times photographer Steve Ringman.
The gunman then ran away, the witness said.
Jeff Harris, 50, of Seattle, who works at a business at Third and University Street, said he was putting money in a parking meter when he heard five gunshots. Harris said he then saw a bearded man running on University and thought the man was going to steal his car. Harris said he ran as the man tried without success to get into other cars parked on the street.
Police were chasing the man and repeatedly ordering him to drop a gun, Harris said.
The armed man then ran south on Second Avenue and got on a Metro bus near Seneca Street, Harris said. Police shot the man on the bus or as he was getting on the bus, Harris said.
Jason Sykes, an attorney who works in the 1201 Building at Third and Seneca, also said he saw police chase the gunman.
“He’s got something in his hand. And I look up at the bus, and all I can see is everyone in the bus in sheer panic. People are just running and pushing toward the back and literally spilling out of the windows.”
He said police officers converged on the scene, some taking cover behind their vehicles and drawing their guns, he said.
“One guy’s aiming a shotgun and he’s ready to fire,” Sykes said. “And then more police were coming, running around the corner, and they’re like, ‘Get down, get down.’ Even before I got down, it’s ‘pop, pop, pop.’ They’re firing. I’m literally at their feet when they’re shooting.”
Sykes said after a moment, he crawled into a nearby doorway and sprawled on the pavement, his back toward the violent scene unfolding behind.
Another witness, Mackenzie Harris, who was at Second and Seneca, said, “I came down when there were a lot of police cars. Tons and tons of them.”
Harris said he saw a person on a stretcher being treated and loaded onto an ambulance.
“They were doing chest compressions on him,” Harris said. “So he could have been alive. But I don’t know.”
The last time a Metro bus driver was shot on duty was Nov. 27, 1998, when passenger Silas Cool killed Metro bus driver Mark McLaughlin, 44, then fatally shot himself, causing the bus to go over the side of the Aurora Bridge. One passenger died and 32 others were injured.
Monday’s shooting comes amid complaints by downtown business leaders about an increase in violence and disorder, drug-dealing, public drunkenness and visibly mentally ill people on the streets intimidating visitors and local workers alike.
On July 31, more than 40 business and tourism officials wrote to Mayor Mike McGinn and called for “immediate new enforcement resources and strategies from the City.” They cited eight violent incidents over the past two months downtown, including several assaults in the area around Westlake Park, most of them during the day and early evening.
“The level of violence in Downtown is unacceptable. It demands immediate attention and action by the city,” the letter said.
Seattle Times staff reporters Brian M. Rosenthal, Jack Broom, Lewis Kamb, Sara Jean Green and Lynn Thompson contributed to this report.
May 14, 2013 at 1:19 PM
Here’s a look at the sky over Seattle as Monday’s storm blew through town Monday afternoon.
The view is what was seen through the eye of the camera perched atop The Seattle Times.
Quite a show.
April 11, 2013 at 4:15 PM
A man was strangled in an accident last weekend on a downtown Seattle escalator with several safety-code violations, and the state Department of Labor & Industries is investigating.
Maurecio Bell, 42, of Renton, was found unconscious and unresponsive about 5:30 a.m. Sunday at the bottom of a King County Metro escalator at University Street Station near Third Avenue and University Street, according to the Seattle Police Department.
The King County Medical Examiner’s Office said that after Bell apparently fell down on the moving escalator, his clothing became entangled in the escalator’s mechanism, choking him to death.
Video of the incident confirms that’s what happened, according to police. They say the King County Metro footage shows Bell, who was later found with an opened bottle of brandy in his back pocket, staggering and then leaning against the escalator wall at 5:19 a.m.
When he was about three-quarters of the way down the escalator, according to the police report, he lost his balance and fell onto his back. During and after the fall, he did not attempt to get back up by reaching for a railing. When he reached the base of the escalator, the back of his shirt was pulled into it.
He then attempted to sit up but was pulled onto his back, the report says.
The first person to see Bell pressed the escalator’s manual stop button, called 911 and performed CPR on him until the Seattle Fire Department arrived, according to police. Medics were unable to revive him, said Seattle Fire Department spokesman Kyle Moore.
“It’s an unfortunate and tragic accident, and we’ve never seen anything like it before,” said King County Metro spokesman Jeff Switzer.
But Labor & Industries says the escalator, which King County Metro contracts with Kone Elevators to maintain, had several safety code violations. Kone could not be reached for comment.
A Dec. 5 Labor & Industries inspection report shows that seven corrections and maintenance practices needed to be fixed by March 27. None of those fixes were made at the time of Bell’s death, according to department spokesman Dave Wasser.
Among the fixes that needed to be made were replacements for all broken combteeth and making a stop-switch cover buzzer operational.
The escalator will remain closed until further notice, Switzer said.
Bell’s death came a day before Labor & Industries announced it had completed an investigation of a Bellevue Square escalator that had 32 code violations. Seven people were injured Dec. 6 in an accident involving that escalator when a skirt panel next to the steps snagged on the moving stairway, jamming it and breaking the escalator chains, according to the department’s report.
The department says the escalator’s safety-stop system also failed and only shut down when someone at the scene pressed the manual stop button.
April 3, 2013 at 5:18 PM
Seattle police have arrested a 20-year-old suspected of stabbing a man in downtown Seattle Monday afternoon.
Officers arrested the man in Seattle’s High Point neighborhood on Tuesday and booked him into King County Jail.
He’s accused of slashing a 20-year-old man he was fighting with near Third Avenue and Pine Street.
Witnesses told police the victim had been stabbed in front of a McDonald’s on Third Avenue. Medics took the him to Harborview Medical Center with life-threatening wounds.
On Monday, the police department said its gang unit would be investigating the case.
March 24, 2013 at 6:22 PM
A woman in her 30s was in serious condition after a vehicle accident near 4th Avenue and Virginia Street in Seattle Sunday afternoon.
The impact from a collision with a sedan threw the Toyota Highlander the woman was driving on its side into a parked car. Witnesses said a group of about 30 people tried unsuccessfully to push the car back up.
Seattle firefighters eventually lifted a male passenger in stable condition out of a window and sliced the roof off the vehicle to rescue the woman, who was stuck underneath the steering column with a head injury. Both were taken to Harborview Medical Center.
A man and woman in the other car stopped at the scene and declined medical attention. The Seattle Police Department is still investigating what caused the accident.
February 19, 2013 at 8:45 AM
Gondolas soaring over downtown Seattle is another idea being floated to help ease the city’s traffic problems.
Is that just like Seattle or what? Wait, Portland actually has one of these things, the Aerial Tram.
One suggested route for Seattle would start at the light-rail station under construction built on Capitol Hill and end at Olympic Sculpture Park. Another suggestion would have cars running overhead between downtown Seattle and the central waterfront.
Crazy idea or not, we’d be interested in what you think of the gondola idea or what ideas you might have to solve Seattle’s crosstown congestion.
Vote in our poll.
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