Can we say “hate crime”?
Grandparents in north Seattle were the targets of a drive by shooting on Friday night, October 9th, after flying a pro-police flag in front of their home. The homeowners say that they had gotten multiple derogatory remarks about the thing blue line flag leading up to the shooting.
The couple wanted to remain anonymous out of fear of retaliation, but they did agree to talk with a local news station to tell their story. The grandparents spoke with KIRO 7 to detail the terrifying shooting that left them stunned.
The anonymous couple has lived in their neighborhood for over 30 years, and never imagined that their home would be the site of a drive by shooting that occurred late Friday night. Surveillance video from the victims’ house shows a dark SUV driving up to the home before firing nine shots and quickly driving away. Six of those gunshots hit the home and vehicle of the victims, with one breaking through multiple walls of the house.
One of the victims said he couldn’t believe that the shooting happened:
“I went numb. This didn’t really happen did it? I’m fearful because I don’t know who it would be that would get that angry.”
The grandparents also explained, while they received large amounts of backlash, they never argued back with anyone over the flag.
One of the homeowners told KIRO 5:
“We didn’t say anything to anybody or argue with anybody, it was just our opinion.”
They also explained that after putting up the thin blue line flag, multiple people came to their home to berate them:
“About twice a week someone was coming by and saying derogatory remarks saying take it down. I didn’t argue with anybody.”
Leading up to the shooting, there was graffiti painted in front of the grandparents’ house that read “Black Lives Matter” and “ACAB” (All Cops Are Bastards). The Seattle Police Department corroborated this in a statement on the situation:
“When the residents refused to remove the flag, graffiti, like ACAB was painted on the street in front of the house.”
The grandparents went so far as to replace the pro-police flag with a smaller version in hopes of mitigating the tension. Unfortunately, this didn’t help and the shooting occurred not long after.
Seattle police also stated that, while there were two people home during the shooting, no one was injured:
“Two people were home at the time, but neither were injured from the shooting.”
Following the shooting, Seattle police advised the grandparents to take down the flag. The officers said that even their own families are not flying pro-police flags right now:
“The police said as much as we appreciate your support, we tell our families don’t fly them.”
The homeowner went on to say:
“Everybody has an opinion and we’re entitled to it. You don’t shoot me for it!”
The gunman and possible accomplices have not yet been apprehended. If you have any information regarding the shooting please reach out the the Seattle Police Department.