Washington's Most Wanted joins with SPD to launch 'Stop Our Shootings' campaign

In an effort to bring attention to the many unsolved homicides due to gun violence by gang members, Washington's Most Wanted host David Rose, along with Seattle Police Deputy Chief Nick Metz, have formed a work group  called S.O.S. (Stop Our Shootings).

The group's goal is two–fold: One objective is to stop gun violence committed against innocent victims and the other is to get those who have vital information regarding those crimes to come forward.

The campaign was named S.O.S. as call for help to our communities to aid in stopping the escalation of these violent crimes and to ask for the public’s help on unsolved murders.

Memorial Day weekend's out-of-control gun violence is the latest in an escalating series of shootings that have left numerous innocent victims. The families of Nicole Westbrook, who was killed in Pioneer Square, Desmond Jackson and Gregory Anderson, who were killed in SODO, and Justin Ferrari who was hit by a stray bullet in the Central District, all deserve justice and it will take help from the community to solve the crimes and stop the shootings.

The first S.O.S. story featured on Washington’s Most Wanted was the murder of Desmond Jackson.

Jackson was an innocent 22-year-old student who was fatally shot on Feb. 12, 2012 behind Club X in the SoDo district.

In addition to airing S.O.S. stories on Washington’s Most Wanted, the organization is building an awareness campaign using different forms of media to feature the victims of unsolved cases.

The S.O.S. group is headed by Rose and Metz and includes Paul Bascomb (Chairman of the African American Advisory Committee to SPD), Rev. Harriett Walden (The Silent War Campaign), Gazelle Williams (Desmond Jackson’s aunt), Pastor Lawrence Willis, Lt. Carmen Best, Sean Whitcomb and Renee Witt (SPD), Myrle Carner and Liz Allen (Crime Stoppers of Puget Sound), Elaine Kitamura (Clear Channel Outdoor) and Lt. Steve Wilske (Homicide Unit and Gary Boulden SPD Victim’s Advocate).

Washington’s Most Wanted debuted in November 2009 and since then has aided law enforcement in capturing almost 300 wanted fugitives. The show airs Fridays at 9:30 p.m. on JOEtv (KZJO-TV, Channel 22, Cable 10) and Fridays and Saturdays at 10:30 p.m. on Q13 FOX.

The show also airs Sundays at 12:00 a.m. on NW32 TV in Portland, Ore.

Complete and ongoing coverage is also online at Q13FOX.com.

Learn more about Crime Stoppers of Puget Sound here.

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