After a fatal carjacking this morning at 8th Avenue and Seneca, just shy of Town Hall Seattle, the staff have decided to postpone tonight’s Terry McDermott lecture. The shooting was one of three separate incidents today; the same man, also suspected of killing three people in Cafe Racer in North Seattle, was found in West Seattle where he apparently shot himself, according to news reports. We’re following Seattle PD on Twitter and Town Hall responds in a full press release below. UPDATED 5:01pm. Via Seattle PD Twitter: "The man detectives believe to be the lone suspect in 4 murders in 2 locations shot himself in the head when approached by @SeattlePD. @SeattlePD will continue the investigation, interviewing witnesses and processing evidence.."
We here at Town Hall Seattle are deeply shaken and disturbed by the chilling events that transpired in our neighborhood and at Café Racer earlier today. We want to assure our friends and neighbors that all of the Town Hall staff are safe, although deeply traumatized by the violence that occurred in the parking lot adjacent to our building. Contrary to many reports the incident did not occur at Town Hall but understandably close enough for our building to be used as a point of reference. Seattle’s recent rash of violence touches us all, but none so deeply as those whose lives are tragically cut short. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims of today’s violence.
In light of the situation, we feel it would be inappropriate to continue with today’s event with Terry McDermott, scheduled for 7:30pm Downstairs at Town Hall. All ticket holders will be issued a full refund on their purchase through our ticketing partners at Brown Paper Tickets. We hope to reschedule this important discussion in the near future. Details will be available at townhallseattle.org when available. Additionally, our staff is working on a program to provide an outlet for community discourse around violence, guns, and the string of incidents of which this is only the most recent. More information on developing programs will be available when finalized.
Like all of Seattle, we are trying to process today’s horrific events as well as the recent string of violence that has afflicted out city. Town Hall is a safe place for the expression of ideas. The physical safety and security of our community is important to Town Hall as a community gathering place vital to this neighborhood, Seattle, and the region. We are cooperating fully in the continuing police investigation and will be providing whatever resources we can to the Seattle Police Department. Any questions relating to the investigation should be directed to SPD.