New local data shows a significant increase in fatal shooting victims in King County in 2020, part of a larger trend beginning to take shape across the United States.
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According to data from the King County Prosecutor’s Office, 2020 has already seen 140 shooting victims countywide, a 21% increase over the three-year average for Q1 and Q2 set between 2017 and 2019. Fatal shooting victims are up 44% over that same period, while non-fatal shooting victims are up 16%.
Of those, a disproportionate number were people of color, totaling 73%. Among all victims, most were between the ages of 18-24, with 15 of them younger than 17 years old.
Roughly 55% of shooting victims in King County were reported outside of Seattle city limits, across areas like Auburn, Des Moines, Federal Way, Kent, Renton, and Tukwila.
“Gun violence is a public health crisis,” Seattle Major Jenny Durkan said Wednesday. “This new report on gun violence in King County is a sobering reminder that even during a global pandemic, we cannot lose sight of the devastating impact gun violence has on our communities.”
This comes during what King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg labels a “historic backlog of felony cases” brought on by the COVID-19 crisis, with over 5,000 cases still waiting to be resolved.
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This spate of gun violence aligns with a developing national trend. Some experts point to an American public increasingly stressed by the coronavirus pandemic, which

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