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Pregnant Woman and Unborn Child Killed in Downtown Seattle Shooting

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Pastor Brice Sanders and volunteers from Coastline Church Northwest were renovating their new building at the corner of 3rd Avenue and Lenora in Downtown Seattle when they heard six gun shots from just a block away.

Sanders tells me they had to scramble for cover, get inside, and lock the doors.

According to Police, a shooting happened Tuesday morning on 4th Avenue, a busy part of Belltown near CVS, Cinerama, and Amazon headquarters.

Sanders says the shots were fired at a Tesla. “The Tesla had bullet holes in it,” he tells me.

The Seattle Police Department confirmed late on Wednesday afternoon that a pregnant woman inside the car and her unborn child died. A male victim in the car is in stable condition.

Officers arrived on the scene immediately and arrested the suspected shooter nearby. A firearm was recovered and the suspect was taken into custody.

Ironically, as officers were responding to the shooting, Mayor Bruce Harrell and other city officials were emphasizing the importance of public safety as they gathered at the grand re-opening of the City Hall Park.

The sirens of first responders heading to the crime scene interrupted the grand re-opening several times. 

Belltown is struggling with an increase in open-air drug use, homelessness, and now this tragic shooting.

Lorna White lives in a tent in an alleyway near where the shooting occurred.

“Gun shot after gun shot, lots of em,” she describes hearing the shots fired on Tuesday morning. White is relieved that none of the stray bullets entered the alleyway where she resides with others experiencing homelessness.

Click here to read an update on Twitter.

Jonathan Choe

Journalist and Senior Fellow, Center on Wealth and Poverty
Jonathan Choe is a journalist and Senior Fellow with Discovery Institute's Center on Wealth and Poverty, covering homelessness issues for its Fix Homelessness initiative. Prior to joining Discovery, Choe spent several years as one of the lead reporters at KOMO-TV, consistently the top rated television station in Seattle. His in depth stories on crime and deep dive investigations into the homeless crisis led to measurable results in the community, including changes in public policy. Choe has more than two decades of experience in television news behind the scenes and in front of the camera for ABC, NBC, FOX, CBS, and Tribune. He has also been nominated and honored with multiple industry awards including an Emmy. Choe spent several years teaching classes on emerging media and entrepreneurship to under privileged youth in inner city Chicago. As an independent journalist, Choe also contributes regularly to the Mill Creek View and Lynnwood Times and has reported on exclusive stories in the past year for Daily Wire and The Postmillennial.