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Shooting at International District Pokemon Shop Rattles Business Owners

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Pokemon Shop Shooting

Early Sunday morning, a stray bullet shattered a window at Tabletop Village (@TabletopVillage) in #Chinatown-ID. No injuries or serious damage. But this has rattled #Seattle‘s @Pokemon collector community. Children and parents were expected to pack this beloved location for a pre-release event related to the Scarlet & Violet Paldea Evolved build and battle kit.

Shop owner Brian Meyers says the uptick in crime, fentanyl use by addicts, and homelessness in the CID continues to take a take a toll on businesses. He’s planning on staying in this spot for now. But wants city leaders, especially Councilmember Tammy Morales (@CMTammyMorales) to do more to protect this D2 community. Meyers wants investment in neighborhood watch groups or the next Donnie Chin to protect the streets. #Pokemon

Sad State of Affairs

Chinatown-ID is in huge trouble and Councilmember Tammy Morales (@CMTammyMorales) is MIA. More businesses are ejecting because of public safety concerns. Drug use and homelessness is even worse in this part of #Seattle, which is only a 5 min bus ride from downtown. This is where all the craziness converges.

Look at this insanity Saturday afternoon. Not only do I carry NARCAN, I’m starting to give it away to addicts. Making matters worse, fights and arguments are constantly breaking out among users. One dude was like, ” Can you shut the F**k up, I’m trying to get high.” Morales’ seat is up for grabs but she has yet to show up for her district. No chance she has the Asian American vote.

I think that’s the only reason why she’s abandoned her responsibilities in this community. She’s relying on far-left activists and socialists to put her back in power. In Little Saigon, the black market of stolen goods is insane at 12th Ave and Jackson St, which will be part of District 2 next year. Currently it’s under Councilmember Kshama Sawant (@cmkshama) but she’s already thrown in the towel.

Our Streets are the New Asylums

A woman talking to herself, waving a wooden stick attached to a net, and blocking traffic is actually a common occurrence in #Chinatown-ID. The best part is, she proceeds to walk over to the #Seattle Police officer for a casual conversation. Meanwhile, the drug market and the sale of stolen goods continues to thrive around the corner.

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.