Councilmember Pedersen Calls for Increased Public Safety Efforts to Stem Surge in Gun Violence in University District and Other Neighborhoods

SEATTLE – Councilmember Alex Pedersen (District 4, Northeast Seattle) issued the following statement after the spate of shootings in the University District and other neighborhoods across Seattle: 

“The recent surge in gun violence to unacceptable levels in the University District with multiple shooting victims requires a boost in crime prevention efforts from multiple agencies, so that we can increase public safety here and throughout Seattle,” said Councilmember Pedersen who represents more than 15 neighborhoods in Northeast Seattle with the U District in the heart of Council District 4.  “With the opening of the regional light rail station in the heart of the neighborhood, the return of tens of thousands of students to our world class campus, and new construction projects increasing vitality, the U District is at a pivotal moment to solidify a renaissance that can benefit all of Seattle. I’ve visited each crime scene, communicated with public safety officials, and I look forward to continuing collaboration with local law enforcement and other agencies and nonprofits to increase gun safety measures, bring people experiencing homelessness inside faster, and increase police patrols for faster response times.” 

Below is more information about recent incidents: 

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