Renton police say they are still investigating the reason for the argument that led to the shooting.
RENTON, Wash. – Renton police said around 1 a.m. Saturday they received multiple 9-1-1 calls reporting gunshots near Logan Avenue South and 2nd Street outside a musicians’ room where an event was held.
“The arriving units heard gunshots when they arrived,” Renton Police Detective Robert Onishi said. “The suspects were all gone, there were a number of gunshot victims here, they treated some on the spot, others self-transported to area hospitals.”
Police say a 32-year-old man from Tacoma was fatally shot and six other people were shot and injured. Their conditions are unknown at this time.
“We believe this is all related to some type of conflict that happened here – it’s not a random event – we still haven’t identified the shooters,” Detective Onishi said.
Renton Police are asking anyone with information about the case to contact Scott Barfield at 425-430-7534 and reference case #22-7518.
It comes less than a month after eight people were shot outside a rave in Tacoma, and weeks after people were shot at a parade in Highland Park, Illinois.
Tremayne Edwards of the Alliance for Gun Responsibility believes that repeated exposure to gun violence in public places has an impact on both those injured and everyone nearby.
“Whenever these spaces are violated with senseless gun violence, it takes a toll on people,” Edwards said. “It can have a domino effect.”
He encourages people to learn and get involved.
“Really just helping share public education because we don’t have to live that way,” Edwards said. “We don’t have to worry about if but when – that’s not a mindset we should have in our communities, and we know we can have a culture that balances rights with responsibility. “