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Seattle Shooting Brings Attention To City’s RV Camps Dilemma

Friday’s shooting on a Seattle street was a reminder of the issue of RV dwellers amid unsafe neighborhood conditions, a report said.

Seattle police said a 42-year-old man was shot on 5th Avenue, between South Michigan Street and Front Street in Seattle’s Georgetown neighborhood, late Friday morning.

Harborview Medical Center was called to treat the unidentified victim for non-life-threatening injuries. His condition was not immediately known.

Residents of the neighborhood said that the victim and another man had argued before the suspect shot him and fled on foot.

Surveillance footage from the building showed that the suspect vanished behind several RVs, parked bumper-to-bumper.

The K9 was brought by Seattle Police Department officers to assist in the search, but the gunman wasn’t found.

Residents of RVs claimed that the victim and gunman did not live on the streets.

April Mosley, who lives nearby, said that she heard the song “Pop, pop, Pop” but didn’t think much of it. “Because that’s what you hear a lot.”

An owner of a local business stated that the number of RVs parked in the area has increased dramatically over the past few weeks.

Dana Wolk, the owner of StoneWorld, a local home supply store, stated that they had taken down all four-hour parking signs. “The city came out, but didn’t do anything about it.”

A recent Washington Supreme Court ruling essentially prevents any city in the state from towing and impounding a vehicle if the owner declares it is their legal residence and they would not be able to afford the parking tickets and/or impound fees if the vehicle is seized.

Mosley stated that the RV residents are aware of the ruling by the high court.

She said, “They are more relaxed now.”

John, who had lived on the streets for eight years, said that “every since they stopped tagging and throwing the sweeps at us, we settle down and we stay there.”

Wolk claims that thefts have increased in the area, and there has been an increase in garbage collection since the RVs were introduced. He claimed that complaining to the city is futile.

“That’s what the problem is. He said that there were no consequences. He said, “It feels like we live in Gotham City, where everyone is saying, ‘Hey, you can do what you want.’ There’s no one who can help the average man anymore.”

Mosley stated that she would like for the city to assist those who cannot drive and live in their cars.

She said, “Life can be hard but we all help one another out.” “We do.”

Although the city has provided a safe lot to allow people to live in their vehicles without fear of them being towed away, no specific location has been chosen.

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May 13, 2024 10:34 am

Have you ever thought about how we could come together, residents, city officials, and RV campers, to tackle the challenges brought by the rise of RV camps in Seattle? I reckon promoting dialogue and understanding could pave the way for a safer and more harmonious urban space for everyone involved.

Lisa Rivera
Lisa Rivera
May 16, 2024 10:38 am

Isn’t it interesting how the Seattle RV situation is sparking calls for safety improvements and community support? How do you think the city can effectively manage these challenges and help those in need?


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