Seattle Police have determined that the Belltown shooting on Thursday, January 19th at the Crocodile Cafe was gang related.
An unidentified shooter opened fire on the live music venue, hitting three people. Police believe the target was an unoccupied car parked outside, and that the victims were not the intended targets. The shooting is believed to be instigated by a dispute between two rival gangs.
“I was in the bar area, and then I heard two shots,” Samantha Cambray told Kiro 7 News. “Then I tried looking for my sister.”
“I was in the front, at the stage and they were pulling me down, but I just kind of ran backstage,” her sister, Veronica Cambray, said.
One of the victims, a male, was transported to Harborview Medical Center with serious injuries, and as of Friday, January 20th, was in the ICU. The other two victims were women who were hit while inside the club. One was in satisfactory condition, while the status of the other victim was unclear. All victims are expected to survive, since none had life-threatening injuries.
According to police, there were six similar attacks where shots were fired, targeting houses and cars. They took place around the Seattle area but primarily in South Seattle and South King County, and occurred in just one week around mid-January. There are warrants out for some of the suspects in these shootings, but none have been arrested.