Two men were killed and a third was critically wounded in a shooting and stabbing during a housewarming party at a downtown Bellevue apartment Saturday night, police said.
A woman was also hurt, with injuries police said were not life-threatening. The violence began in a unit of the Elements Apartments, a three-tower luxury apartment complex.
The Bellevue Police Department provided few details Saturday night, as officials tried to piece together what occurred, but said that everyone involved knew each other and there was no danger to the public. Police said they thought everyone had either been invited to the party or was a resident of the apartment.
Bellevue police officers and the Bellevue Fire Department responded to frantic calls around 7:30 p.m. reporting shots fired and a possible stabbing, police Chief Steve Mylett said during a news conference. Officers arrived to a chaotic scene, with one man dead from a gunshot wound in the third-floor lobby. A second man in another area of the high-rise had critical stab wounds and died soon after at the scene.
A third man was taken to Seattle’s Harborview Medical Center in critical condition. A woman was treated at Overlake Medical Center in Bellevue.
It’s unclear who or what prompted the violence; the police department did not report any arrests.
“We don’t know who did what,” Mylett said. “…Now we’re in the process of pulling back layers trying to figure out exactly what happened.”
Police asked residents and commuters to avoid the area near 112th Avenue Northeast, between Northeast 8th and Northeast 10th streets. Residents living in the Elements tower weren’t being allowed into the building as of 10:30 p.m.
Miranda Rogers, who lives in another tower in the Elements Apartments, described the complex as quiet, where “something like this happening is pretty rare.” Her neighbors have always been pleasant, she added.
“I think this is just a really unfortunate event that happened among a group of friends,” she said.