Four Evergreen State gun rights organizations, including the Washington Arms Collectors (WAC) and Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (CCRKBA), announced this afternoon they are offering a $4,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the slaying of lifelong Seattle International District activist Donnie Chin in that city last week.
A fact not widely known outside of the firearms community, Chin was also a longtime WAC member and frequently had a display table at the monthly gun shows held at the Puyallup fairgrounds. Joining WAC and CCRKBA in this effort are the Second Amendment Foundation and Protect Our Gun Rights (POGR), an umbrella organization for several grassroots Second Amendment groups. Chin was far more known for his community efforts in Seattle’s Chinatown, and he had a lot of friends and admirers in the community.
In a press release, WAC Executive Director Phil Shave stated, “Donnie was a dedicated WAC member for 20 years and often had a table at our events. He was one of our own and his WAC friends and colleagues want his killer or killers brought to justice. He gave so much to his community in Seattle, and he was well-liked and respected by his WAC brothers and sisters. We won’t rest until those responsible are apprehended.”
CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb, who just finished serving on the WAC Board of Directors, was eager to get this effort in motion. He noted that Chin was not only well-known for his community involvement in the International District, he was widely respected among his WAC colleagues.
“He was a mainstay at Puyallup,” Gottlieb recalled, “and we owe it to his memory to help track down the people who did this.”
Chin was fatally wounded early last Thursday morning when he may have literally driven into the middle of a gunfight. A founder of the International District Emergency Center, Chin was described by the Seattle Times today as “the unofficial security force for Chinatown International District for almost 50 years.”
“We hope by offering this reward that someone will step forward and help put Donnie’s killer behind bars,” said POGR Treasurer Phil Watson. “Somebody knows who did this. They need to contact Seattle police immediately and help take Donnie’s killer off the streets.”
The Seattle Police Blotter lists a Homicide TIP line at (206) 233-5000. The Seattle Times noted that people can also call tips to the Homicide Unit at (206) 684-5550.
WAC’s Shave said he has already been in contact with the Crime Stoppers group in hopes of coordinating the effort to find Chin’s killer. Coincidentally, there is a WAC gun show this weekend in Puyallup, and for the first time in years, there’s going to be an empty chair at a display table.
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