Seattle officers help search for suspect in White Center shooting

12:47 AM: We’ve been covering a post-midnight shooting on partner site White Center Now, but we’re also hearing that Seattle Police are helping search, since the suspect was last seen headed this way, so we wanted to make sure you knew that ongoing coverage is here.

2:21 AM: We’ve updated the WCN story with video of King County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Sgt. Cindi West confirming the victim was killed, and that it apparently happened during a robbery at Seattle Roll Bakery. No arrest so far, but there were witnesses, so Sgt. West is hopeful there will be a description to share later this morning.

5:30 AM: Once that new information is out, we’ll have updates here and on WCN. TV crews are live in WC for the morning newscasts, but the reports we’ve seen so far haven’t had anything more than what we all learned from Sgt. West three-plus hours ago.

25 Replies to "Seattle officers help search for suspect in White Center shooting"

  • Khao Pun December 28, 2011 (5:08 am)

    Arghhhhh seriously?? I live by here and I’m so sick of all these shootings nearby. This has got to stop!

  • Traci December 28, 2011 (5:24 am)

    Heartbreaking :(

  • smokeycretin9 December 28, 2011 (5:31 am)

    ““Mos Eisley spaceport. You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy. We must be cautious.” – Obi Wan

  • wondering December 28, 2011 (6:25 am)

    Is this what closed the Taco Bell on the 26th (?) – I drove by at 5:30 and there were two fire trucks, three police cars and an ambulance.

  • AJP December 28, 2011 (8:20 am)

    Terrible, terrible terrible.

  • Patrick Cosman December 28, 2011 (8:58 am)

    I believe its the economy that is bringing this on very sad , very desperate, so unnecessary.

  • norsk girl December 28, 2011 (9:19 am)

    “The economy” seems to have become an easy excuse for all sorts of unjust and immoral behaviors. “The economy” does not force a gun into someone’s hand nor does it force pulling the trigger to snuff out someone’s life.
    Terribly sad and frightening.

  • CandrewB December 28, 2011 (9:27 am)

    Seattle must have been crime-free in the mid 90’s.

  • Delridgian December 28, 2011 (9:51 am)

    I too call BS on blaming the economy.

    This is primarily a cultural issue.

    What we are dealing with is a culture which glorifies violence.

  • Magpie December 28, 2011 (10:34 am)

    The Times reported that the gunman and the victim knew each other, that it WASN”T gang related, but there was bad blood and also, it was not a robbery. That info changes things a little. Still very sad.

    • WSB December 28, 2011 (12:02 pm)

      Magpie – Your mention of the Times surprised me a bit because as of 20 minutes ago, Sgt. West sent out a new update apologizing for not returning reporters’ phone calls because she’s still working with detectives to see what she can make public, following her media briefing that we covered (video in the WCN report) in the middle of the night. So not to cast doubt on our fine partners downtown (who were NOT on the scene in the hours after it happened, we were, and they were linking to our coverage) but just FWIW … I’m not going with that one till we hear it directly. (Watching KING at the moment and they’re still going with ‘robbery’ – but we’ll know soon enough.) – TR

      • WSB December 28, 2011 (1:19 pm)

        .. and that said, NOW KCSO confirms what Jennifer @ the Times reported and you mentioned, so hats off to her for getting it first. KCSO also now says a suspect is in custody.

  • Kap December 28, 2011 (10:40 am)

    The economy??? WRONG!!!!

  • W.S. maverick December 28, 2011 (10:50 am)

    the economy can bring out the bad in people

  • Jiggers December 28, 2011 (11:06 am)

    That’s normal in White Center. Nothing good happens after midnight.

  • amalia December 28, 2011 (11:13 am)

    Decent people live through a bad economy (even those who get the worst of it with lost jobs and homes) without becoming criminals. I second calling “BS” on the economy excuse!

  • Melissa December 28, 2011 (11:22 am)

    Jesus, people. Can we not all rush to blame? Take a moment to feel for the victim and the families. Have some compassion.

  • dave December 28, 2011 (11:23 am)

    It is not the economy, the culture, the neighborhood or the moon phase. It is human nature. Even in the Bible, the third person ever created bashed the fourth person(his own brother) in the head with a rock… because he was jealous. It is amazing we get along as well as we do. It is also human nature to find excuses to explain tragedy, especially excuses that suggest “it won’t happen to me” My condolences to the victim.

  • brighterdays December 28, 2011 (12:06 pm)

    rest in peace to my niece’s father. <3

  • WSB December 28, 2011 (1:38 pm)

    To the most recent commenter – we can’t republish material from another organization, as it’s a copyright violation, so your comment can’t be approved for publication. But if you follow the link in my last comment – that goes to the exact same information, which we have just published on White Center Now. Yes, a suspect is in custody. – TR

  • AJP December 28, 2011 (5:53 pm)

    From White Center Now, this is why I love WC: ADDED 3:02 PM: According to a note shared with WCN, White Center merchants have banded together to buy flowers and make a sign of support for the Seattle Roll Bakery family, who had to get right back to work because wholesale customers are counting on their bread.

    • WSB December 28, 2011 (6:19 pm)

      Since the TV trucks have been hanging out in WC for live shots all day and night, they’ve caught every little thing, and I just saw KIRO footage of Elizabeth and Mike Gordon from Uncle Mike’s Superlicious BBQ delivering those flowers. Very nice. Meantime the victim has been ID’d (24-year-old Jason Saechao) and the suspect, who is 25, will have a bail hearing tomorrow – we found him on the jail register but as usual will not publish his name until charges are filed, which may not be till after the holiday … TR

  • SpeakLoud December 28, 2011 (6:15 pm)

    And in case you didn;t know this place has AWESOME bread rolls-super cheap and their sandwiches are incredible-support a local business during their time of need and buy something from them-they are super nice people inside. Ohhh and really good bread sticks too!

  • amy December 29, 2011 (12:12 am)

    Really? the economy caused this?

  • Cheryl December 29, 2011 (4:46 pm)

    Senseless. :(

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