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BREAKING: Nortwest Cable News reports, Several people shot at Jewish Federation in Seattle
SEATTLE – At least two people have been shot at the Jewish Federation at 2031 Third Ave. in downtown Seattle. One or two people have been taken into custody but it's not known if they are suspects.
One person was reportedly shot in the abdomen and another, a woman, was shot in the arm. They are being taken to Harborview Medical Center. The incident began around 4 p.m.
Part of Third Avenue and Second Avenue have been closed to traffic. Police are urging people to stay away from the area. It's not known if more suspects are at large but policemen were seen handcuffing one person and others were searching the area.
At least three people were seen emerging from the building, escorted by police. It's not known if they were hostages.
Medics, escorted by police, have been taking other people from the building. Police have kept other medics from entering the building. It's not known how many people are left in the building or if more people are injured.
More to come.
It looks like the Sleeper Cells might have gone active. But, it is still early. More to come indeed.
Free Republic has a thread.
Do lets recall that Jewish Centers abroad have been targets in the past. Let us all pray for a calm weekend... even as we prepare for the storm that gathers.
KING5 has video:
VIDEO: Raw video shows chaotic scene
VIDEO:Victims flee building
From Northwest Cable News reports, One Dead, Four Wounded. Police have taken one suspect into custody.
Amy Wasser-Simpson, vice president for planning and community services at the Jewish Federation told The Seattle Times that a man got through security at the building and told staff members: "I'm Muslim American. I'm angry at Israel," then began shooting.Anger seems to a valid reason to murder for followers of the religion of peace.
What are the chances that the yet unnamed 31 year old, Pakistani-American shooter from Pasco, Washington (unconfirmed) attended this rally yesterday? ...then travelled north? Thin, perhaps. But, likely given the encouragement and cover the Northwest fringe Left is providing for butchers to commit slaughter.
Sound Politics notes additional encouragement on the part of local MSM... Seattle Post Intelligencer (HT. Michelle Malkin). Michelle is now on this story as well.
KEPR 19 News out of Pasco, WA reports... Tri-City Man Suspect in Seattle Shooting, and provides this new tragic twist to the story,
The Seattle Times reports that one of the wounded had been described as a 43-year-old woman who was shot in the abdomen while another was described as 17 weeks pregnant.
UPDATE: Live Blogging Seattle Police Press Conference
Streaming on KIRO TV... schedule to start anytime. Standby
841 - Strangely a lot of jocular chatter from the seated reporters preceeding the press conference.
844 - begins... "Sad day in the city of seattle." expression of sympathy.
845 - Expressed as a Crime of hate. Assures the community protection of mosques and synogogues. (Moral equivalency)
- recap of incident details. Suspect asked for manager and then started shooting with a large caliber semiauto HG. He spoke with 911 operator.
- Being treated as homocide and 'Hate Crime.' (sickly amusing)
- Gave up to officers.
- Suspect currently being processed by King County officials.
- White female deceased. All wonded are female.
- Isolated incident by suspect acting alone.
- Protecting Mosques 'in the event of retaliatory incidents.' (Pardon me: But give me a break)
- Reporters ask about Mosques, implying that suspect is Muslim. Unconfirmed! But strongly suggested.
852 - Questions by media... Or not. Video feed abruptly ends.
A law-enforcement source identified the arrested suspect as Naveed Afzal Haq, 30, who until recently had lived in Everett, and said Haq apparently has a history of mental illness. Court records show Haq has a charge of lewd conduct pending against him in Benton County.
Mental illness! Ya think? Some movements (and political parties) seem to rely on it. One might even say, 'thrive' on it. Everyone else just suffers the nourishing of these monsters.
Hugh Hewitt makes a point on the topic, so profound this morning, that it must simply be repeated,
Five weeks ago seven would-be terrorists, home grown division, were arretsed in Miami. Their stories have largely vanished from the news.
Seven weeks ago 17 would-be terrorists, come grown/Canada division, were arrested in Toronto. Their stories have largely vanished from the news.
So in less than two months we have 25 arrests of terrorists intent on killing in the US, only one of whom succeeded, but the successful one is described by the home town paper as "having a history of mental illness" and the others have dropped off the list of MSM-approved topics for coverage.
Can we agree that all terrorists have some degree of mental illness? Can we also agree that it is completely and utterly irrelevant to the victims of their crimes?
What we need to know --and what the American MSM seems profoundly uninteretsed in-- is where did they come from? What made them terrorists?
Let me also raise the possibility that there are many, many more where the 25 came from, but that we don't know where or how to look for them. Instead of thinking through how such a search can be accomplished without infringement on civil liberties, elite media --the New York Times and Los Angeles Times to be very specific-- are busy hobbling our few non-intrusive investigative techniques.
But the fear of giving offense should not stop the MSM from asking all the hard questions, beginning with "Who is Naveed Afzal Haq and how did he come to become a terrorist?" The same questions, please, for the other 24.
The desire to not believe in monsters, rendered in a perpetual state of denial, will not keep the very real beast in the closet from devouring us all as and when it sees fit.