A 17-year-old boy who was fatally shot on North Beacon Hill on Sunday has been identified as Cleveland High School senior Robert Robinson.
UPDATE 11:30 a.m.
A 17-year-old boy who was fatally shot on North Beacon Hill on Sunday has been identified as Robert Robinson.
Friends of the Cleveland senior identified the teen to The Seattle Times on Monday morning. A school district official confirmed the name of the slain teen.
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A Cleveland High School student was killed in a drive-by shooting Sunday afternoon on North Beacon Hill.
Seattle police say they responded to reports of gunfire at 15th Avenue South and South Forest Street just before 4 p.m.
Witnesses told police they saw a blue Honda speed away. Officers found the victim, a young man believed to be in his late teens, with a gunshot wound. He was taken to Harborview Medical Center in critical condition and later died of his injuries, police said.
Seattle Public Schools spokeswoman Stacy Howard confirmed the young man was a student of Cleveland High School. “It’s still too early to know the details of anything,” she said.
The teen was a senior at Cleveland and also had attended there his junior year, Howard said Monday morning. He previously attended Interagency Academy and Franklin High School.
“I was watching TV and I heard ‘pop, pop,’ ” said Liz Causby-Miles, who has lived in the neighborhood since the mid-1980s. “It didn’t sound like a car backfiring.”
Causby-Miles said she went to the window and saw a young man lying on the ground, still moving. She said she called 911 immediately.
Shortly after the shooting, a car stopped and a man got out and tried to give the victim CPR.
“Nothing like this has ever happened,” she said, describing the neighborhood as generally quiet. Nearby is the St. Peter Parish Catholic Church; Fresh Flours, a Japanese-inspired bakery, recently opened less than three blocks away.
Pat Murakami, the president of the South Seattle Crime Prevention Council, said in a statement that this was the first homicide in the South Seattle Precinct since the beginning of the year.
Murakami added that police don’t know whether it’s gang-related; she added that police were on the lookout for a blue or green Honda with a license plate containing the numbers 951.
Homicide and gang detectives are investigating, police said. An investigator with the King County Medical Examiner, the agency charged with identifying the victim, said no information would be released until Monday.
The teen had no history of violence on campus, Howard said.
“It’s a tragic loss of our community. We will have extra grief counselors for students and staff,” she said.
Police ask anyone with information about the shooting to call 206-233-5000.