Seattle, Washington 2021-07-23 15:30:00 –
Gun County Violence in King County has been on the rise over the past few years, according to data from the King County Prosecutor’s Office-Crime Strategy Unit.
In mid-2021, law enforcement agencies throughout the county reported 580 mass incidents in which gunshots were fired, according to data released this month. The county recorded less than 450 shootings at the same time in 2020, 2019 and 2018.
The number of shootings has increased by about 33% from the four-year average, while the number of shooting victims has increased by about 61% from the four-year average.
With just under 200 shooting victims, 154 non-fatal and 42 murders, the county has far exceeded the number in the first and second quarters of the last four years. The number of shooting victims from the first half of the last four years rarely exceeds 140.
Of the 196 victims of the shooting, 85% were men, 36% were 18-24 years old, and 80% were of color.
As with last year, nearly half of the shooting victims were black, both deadly and non-fatal, according to the Shots Fired Report. According to recent US Census data, less than 10 percent of King County’s population is black.
King County prosecutor Dan Satterberg called the increase in shootings a “public health crisis,” noting a single explanation for this trend, but perhaps multiple factors. He quoted pandemics, protests, and the epidemic of firearms.
“The violence that occurred put a heavy burden on the King County Superior Court and the prosecutors in my office,” said Satterberg. “Currently, there are more than 250 unsolved murders that need to be brought to court.”
Satterberg said the court system would take some time to process the unprocessed proceedings blamed on the pandemic.
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