At a meeting in the International District on Tuesday, July 28, Seattle Police Department officials updated API community leaders on the investigation into the murder of of International District Emergency Center (IDEC) director Donnie Chin.
Assistant Chief Robert Merner said the SPD gathered a significant amount of forensic evidence from the crime scene, which is currently being processed. Merner said the police are confident that this evidence, coupled with additional assistance in the form of tips from the public, will eventually lead to the identification and apprehension of those responsible for Chin’s murder.
Merner urged anyone who may have heard or seen anything related to the July 23 shooting to contact SPD at (800) 222-TIPS or (206) 233-5000.
“Potential witnesses include those who may have seen or heard anything the evening before the shooting or even after the shooting,” Merner said.
Merner also said that SPD has substantially increased the presence of officers in the International District, adding that this will continue indefinitely.
Also on Tuesday, SPD detectives put a call out to the public for help in finding a witness who they say picked up some shell casings and brought them to officers. The man was described as a 6′ tall African-American with a thin build. At the time, he was wearing a white brimmed hat, glasses and a green argyle shirt. If you know this person, please call SPD Homicide Investigators at (206) 684-5550.