On early Sunday morning, a "large disturbance" and then a shooting left one man dead across from the Baltic Room nightclub on Capitol Hill near Pine and Melrose, according to police. Christine Clarridge at the Seattle Times is reporting that the victim is "Monie Ratt" Williams, the son of Ritchie "OG Ratt" Williams, a former gang member murdered in South Seattle in 2013. (The King County Medical Examiner's Office and SPD have not released the name of the victim.)
"They came out of the club and obviously they were gonna be fighting," one witness told KOMO. "So, I thought I was gonna be watching a fist fight. Feel like it was a senseless death, you know? It was unnecessary, uncalled for. Could have been all avoided."
Reached by phone, Baltic Room manager David Moravec had no comment today, except to say that he'd be meeting with a homicide detective on Tuesday. On its Facebook page, the club responded to questions raised about a security guard who fired shots during the incident:
The security person in question has all appropriate licensing including a conceal / carry permit. Per WA state law, he was NOT carrying his weapon on him while working at the venue, but did have one in his vehicle which was parked about 15 feet away. He has spoken to East Precinct officers who arrived at the location of the incident (across the street) and was quickly cleared by SPD.
SPD is asking anyone with information about what happened to call their homicide tip line at (206) 233-5000.