Three hurt in South Seattle shooting
By BRAD WONG
A woman and two men were shot and wounded inside a Beacon Hill tavern late Friday night and the gunman remains at large, Seattle police reported.
The shooting happened around 11:15 p.m. inside The Beacon Pub, near the intersection of Beacon Avenue South and South Hanford Street.
One of the victims sounds OK, with a gunshot wound in the knee, and the others are in critical condition, according to the report.
I know this is no time to be harping on the media for their choice of phrasing, but what's with the "South Seattle" headline when "Beacon" is mentioned no less than three times in the first two sentences of the story? Personally, I hate when news stories aren't specific -- and it's not like people don't know that Beacon Hill is a South Seattle neighborhood.
However, some other neighbors might appreciate that Beacon Hill is being kept out of crime headlines. As one neighbor mentioned on the mailing list today, "It does not auger well to have the words 'Beacon Hill' and 'crime' on one of our major newspaper websites." I do understand others' concerns about property values (especially now that we have both a sexual predator and a gunman on the loose), but I also think that in order for problems to be corrected, they first must be identified.
(Also, "a Beacon Hill tavern" sounds off to me, since the Beacon Pub is the only Beacon Hill tavern. Anyway...)
I've only been to the Beacon Pub a half-dozen times or so. I'm no stranger to the drink, but I always feel like an amateur in there. It's never seemed scary, but it's usually just kind of sad.
A couple of people have left Beacon Pub-related comments on my last post (sorry this one is so late -- I was at the Kelso Red Lion this morning when I heard about the shooting and just got home):
Add to the list the shooting Friday night 4/4 inside the Beacon "Pub" that left two critically injured. What a surprise...I stopped going to this seedy dive two blocks from my house after witnessing too many drug and prostitution deals going down inside/outside the premises. The sister/brother owners(?) seemed to condone the behavior and made no attempt to quell illegal activity or throw out the gangbangers who get their hair cut two doors down. Oh how I hope they shut the place down and in the location a place similar to Linda's Tavern, 9# Hammer, etc. opens up!!
As an infrequent yet consistent customer of the local tavern I guess I have to agree with the previous comments, especially after reading statements by the owner's mother in today's P.I. She and her daughter (owner) come off as being totally clueless of the clientele which seems very disingeneous. They also mention that they have already ordered security cameras that haven't yet been delivered. Um, sure, that's exactly the right thing to say for the authorities. I sure hope this is the last nail in the coffin for the place.
I took pictures in there last September, when a bunch of people showed up for Pirates of the Caribeacon: