A new report indicates that King County continues to see an increase in gun violence in the first half of 2021, after an increase of nearly 200 incidents over that same period last year.
King County community ‘up in arms’ over recent spike in gun violence
In total, the county identified 580 total shots fired incidents in the first two quarters of 2021. That marked an increase of roughly 33% over the four-year average between 2017 and 2020. There was also a 61% increase in shooting victims.
King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg is sounding the alarm.
“We are in a public health crisis,” he said in a Thursday news release. “We are in a public safety crisis in those communities where gun violence is highly concentrated.”
While gun violence in Seattle continues to be a concern, the majority of 2021’s incidents were actually reported by agencies outside of the city, including Auburn, Des Moines, Federal Way, Kent, Renton, Tukwila, and parts of unincorporated King County.
Gun violence in King County was already on the rise in 2020, “and has accelerated even more through the first half of 2021,” the county prosecutor’s office noted. These incidents have also disproportionately affected the region’s BIPOC community, with nearly 80% of victims being people of color, while nearly half have been Black.
As for what’s driving this increase in shootings, Satterberg points to larger national trends that have begun to take shape over the last year.
“This increase is not unique to King County,” his office outlined. “Nearly every major city, and

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