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Homicides in Seattle's Southwest Precinct hit decade high

Seattle police arrested a 21-year-old woman Wednesday in connection with the murder of a man on a West Seattle street Tuesday evening. (Photo: KOMO News)

SEATTLE -- Detectives from the Seattle Police Department's Southwest Precinct have investigated four homicides so far this year, the most in at least a decade.

The Southwest Precinct covers West Seattle and South Park. According to Seattle police crime stats, which look back up to ten years on their website, 2017 has hit a decade high in homicides.

Seattle police arrested a 21-year-old woman Wednesday in connection with the murder of a man on a West Seattle street Tuesday evening.

“It’s really upsetting,” Nancy Walker said. She lives up the block from where that shooting took place and now worries about her neighborhood and her grandchildren. “I don’t understand it. I really don’t.”

That homicide was the second in two weeks in West Seattle. On Sept. 5, a 15-year-old boy was robbed and killed in Westcrest Park. Police have not made any arrests in that case.

Despite the spike in homicides, SPD says violent crime is not on the rise in West Seattle. They don’t believe the homicides reflects a trend.

Seattle police say families in those neighborhoods will see increased patrols if they haven’t already.

According to SPD crime stats, violent crime in the Southwest Precinct has not broadly spiked from 2016 to 2017. Rapes and robberies appear to have dropped this year.

Richard Miller is president of the West Seattle Crime Prevention Council and says he hasn’t heard much concern from families about the spike in homicides.

“It seems like our violent crime has been very tame the last few years here in West Seattle,” Miller said. Miller believes families are more concerned with property crime, as long as violent crimes don’t appear to be random attacks.

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