News Blog for Seattle's Maple Leaf Neighborhood


Maple Leaf benefit this month for Cafe Racer victims

July 12th, 2012 by Mike

Coffee houses and taverns are continuing to race money for the victims of the Cafe Racer shootings at the end of May.

Here in Maple Leaf, Cloud City Coffee will hold a fundraiser for Cafe Racer on Saturday, July 28th, between 4 and 7 p.m.

Come have a drink, buy some art, listen to live music and know that all proceeds from the night will go to help those affected by the Cafe Racer shooting.

Cloud City is at 8801 Roosevelt Way N.E.

Four regulars at Cafe Racer, which is just down Roosevelt at Northeast 58th Street, were killed and another wounded by a mentally ill gunman, who later killed another woman and himself.

An online memorial site for the victims is here.

The Seattle Times had a story this week about volunteers repainting the cafe. You can read that story here.

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More news about Cafe Racer memorial funds

June 14th, 2012 by Mike

Two weeks after the tragic shootings, we received an email this afternoon from Cafe Racer and the Cafe Racer Memorial Fund.

Café Racer staff, supporters, and friends have come together to launch a one-stop link to benefit surviving family members, Leonard Meuse -the only surviving victim, Café Racer and the community at large who were affected by the terrible tragedy of May 30th, 2012 through donations, community fund raising events and guidance in healing.

It takes a whole community to heal from such an unspeakable tragedy. It is our effort to create an easily accessible resource for those interested in participating in the healing process by various ways and means. In the recent days since May 30, 2012 we have been continually inspired by the outpouring of support from the community at large, businesses, and all the creative methods of healing as demonstrated by the Seattle music and arts communities. The on-going mission of is to continue this support – to make sure that not only the friends and loved ones we lost are remembered, to aid victims’ families and Len Meuse through his physical and personal recovery but also to keep all interested individuals, businesses and organizations informed on how to best to accomplish these goals.

For more information go to the website and click on the “donate” tab.

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Memorial fund for Cafe Racer shooting victim

June 2nd, 2012 by Mike

Update June 3: To learn about honoring the Cafe Racer victims, or donate to funds, click here.

A memorial trust has been established for Donald Largen, a 57-year-old saxophone player and urban planner who was killed Wednesday in the Café Racer shooting, friends have announced.

Donations are needed to fund funeral expenses and support his surviving partner, Glenna Wilson.

A story about Largen ran in The Seattle Times on Thursday.

Donald Largen, a 57-year-old urban planner who played the saxophone, was one of the four people killed in a Wednesday morning attack by a gunman who opened fire at the Cafe Racer, according to his mother, Betty Parker.

“He was a very loving, kindhearted man,” Parker said Thursday.

Largen was a Seattle native who graduated from Shorecrest High School and the University of Washington. He worked as an urban planner while simultaneously pursuing his love of music, regularly playing at cafes and friend’s houses whenever possible. He loved Costa Rica and visited as often as possible with Glenna. He was a resident of the Roosevelt neighborhood and was a regular at local establishments such as the Café Racer, Latona Pub, Big Time Brewery and Café Allegro.

Donations are welcome in any amount and can be made at any Bank of America location to the Donald B. Largen Memorial Trust Fund. All proceeds will be used to cover funeral expenses, with the remainder going to Wilson, Largen’s partner of 22 years. Separate funds are being created for the other shooting victims.

The Times is also reporting:

Victims of the Cafe Racer shootings will be honored at a gathering outside the cafe Saturday afternoon and at a benefit concert Sunday evening — and the cafe’s owner says he has decided he will reopen the business, but he does not know when.

Today’s memorial is at 12:30 p.m. The concert is at 8 p.m. Sunday on a stage in the alley behind Cafe Racer, 5828 Roosevelt Way N.E.

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Roosevelt Way closed to the south by multiple shootings – 4 dead, 2 injured – gunman shoots self

May 30th, 2012 by Mike

The Seattle Times is now identifying the shooter, who is said to have lived at Roosevelt Way Northeast and Northeast 47th Street, and quoting a family member saying he is mentally ill.

Update 5:15 p.m. Our news partners at The Seattle Times report:

Seattle police said they believe the same man was responsible for two deadly shootings in Seattle Wednesday.

The man fatally shot himself in the head on a West Seattle sidewalk as police closed in. Update 5:30 p.m. Shooter now reported in critical condition at Harborview Medical Center.

He is believed by police to have killed three people and wounded two others at Café Racer Espresso earlier Wednesday. A half-hour later, he shot a woman to death near Town Hall in the First Hill neighborhood.

Update 3:20 p.m. Police have released a surveillance video photo from inside Cafe Racer. They describe the suspect as a white male, approximately 30 years old, wearing a dark short cap, with well-groomed dark hair, a neat full beard, wearing a light blue jacket.  He is considered armed and dangerous.

If you recognize this man, please immediately contact the SPD tip line at 206-233-5000 or call 911

Update 3:15 p.m. Tweeting:  “SWAT Officers taking defensive positions now on Roosevelt south of NE 50th. Armored vehicle here.”

Police search for shooting suspect outside a Maple Leaf home in the vicinity of 15th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 85th Street. Photo courtesy of a neighbor who wishes to remain anonymous, but emailed: “The resident looked pretty scared when he answered the door. He left and was not a suspect.”

Update 1:15 p.m.The report that a suspect might be in the Maple Leaf neighborhood, two miles north of the shooting scene, was a false alarm. But police and TV crews remain on scene on 12th Avenue Northeast, just south of Whole Foods.

One neighbor said police, doing house-to-house searches, even searched his shed. Suspect now described as 6-foot-1, thin white male, plaid shirt and dark pants.

Elementary students visiting Roosevelt High School from Granite Falls and Edmonds were filing back into school buses under police guard. Cowen Park is not closed.

Update 12:51 p.m. KIRO is reporting: There are reports officers entered a house and cleared out neighbors two miles north of the shooting scene in the Maple Leaf area.

Follow this breaking news on Twitter here: #RooseveltShooting

Those helicopters you hear are hovering over Roosevelt Way Northeast at Northeast 58th and 55th streets. Three Two people are dead and two three injured, police report. Officers are searching for the gunman. For updates go to our news partners The Seattle Times.

The Times reports:

Roosevelt High School, Eckstein Middle School and Green Lake Elementary School have been locked down.

The Maple Leaf Community Council sent this to its email list:

Dear Neighbor —

There has been a shooting in the 5800 block of Roosevelt Way NE. This is nearly 20 blocks outside of Maple Leaf, but the suspect is at large and the Seattle Police Department is currently pursuing him northbound.

Suspect is a white man, 6’1, very thin, curly light brn hair, wearing a white & brown plaid shirt, a long sleeve shirt, and dark pants. Age is 30s.

If you see this man, call 911 immediately and stay hidden. DO NOT confront him.

From Seattle Police:

Around 11 a.m., several people called 911 and reported hearing gunfire coming from Cafe Racer at Northeast  58th Street and Roosevelt Way Northeast.

Officers arrived on scene and found five people down inside the business.

The suspect in the shooting is a white male, 6’1, very thin, with curly light brown hair, wearing a white and brown plaid shirt and dark pants. Police believe he is armed and dangerous.

There is currently a heavy police presence in the University District, with K9, SWAT, Homicide detectives, crime scene investigators, and patrol officers all in the area working on the case and searching for the suspect.

As a precaution, area residents should keep their doors and windows locked, and to call police if you find any indications someone has tried to break in to your home.

If you have information about this case or the suspect, please call 911.

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