Site of 2012 Seattle shooting asks for help staying open
SEATTLE — A Seattle coffee shop that was the site of a 2012 shooting is asking for the public’s help to stay open.
The Seattle Times reports that Cafe Racer in the University District has launched a GoFundMe campaign in hopes of staying open.
The coffee shop was where Ian Stawicki shot and killed four people and injured another on May 31, 2012. He later killed a fifth person and shot himself.
Cafe Racer owner Kurt Geissel says debt incurred refitting and re-permitting after the shooting as well as ongoing construction nearby has left the business financially crippled.
As of Monday, the cafe has raised almost $20,000 of its $50,000 goal.