People like to worry about gun violence, but as anyone who routinely scrolls through police reports (party game!) can tell you, guns aren't predominantly the weapon of choice in Seattle crime stories. Take last weekend, which saw not one but two assaults perpetrated with pepper spray.

On Saturday, March 5 at 2:15 p.m., an employee working at a bakery on Rainier Avenue S.—presumably Borracchini’s Bakery, judging from information in the police report—was outside the store enjoying a cigarette break when he noticed a young woman walking in his direction. As she neared him, the man says he smiled and said, "hello."

In return, the woman "paused right in front of him and then without warning sprayed him" with pepper spray, according to the report. The victim states that the woman "didn't exchange words with him prior to the attack," and after spraying the him, she "walked calmly away."

The officer responding to the scene noted that, when he approached the victim—who was rinsing his face and "bright red" eyes in a sink—"the closer I got to him my own eyes began to sting and tear up."

The next night, officers responding to a robbery came upon a woman "screaming and bleeding" on the sidewalk of Beacon Avenue S—the second victim of last weekend's apparent pepper spray spree.

The victim, an employee of a Mexican restaurant and store on Beacon Avenue S, was working alone Sunday evening when two men entered the business, sprayed her with pepper spray, and then robbed her blind. Luckily, surveillance video caught the robbery on tape. It wasn't graceful. According to the police report:

In the video, I could see both suspects enter the store, walking around and then leave. Both suspects then return to the store. When they return to the store, suspect #1 sprays [the victim] with the pepper spray and suspect #2 tries to get the register open. You can see on video suspect #1 run into the back kitchen area, grab [the victim's] purse and the laptop computer. Suspect #1 then leaves out the front door. Suspect #2 can't get the register open, so he slams it on the floor. Suspect #2 then leaves out of the front door. Suspect #2 then returns, grabs the cash register and leaves back out the front door.

The victim, meanwhile, was covered in pepper spray, couldn't breath—couldn't even open her eyes.

That seems to be the conclusion of last weekend's pepper spray spree from what I could gather, which means Seattle residents have gone five days out of the last seven resisting the urge to hose each other down with debilitating chemicals.

Way to go, Seattle.