SEATTLE — After waiting decades for a major sports championship, thousands of Seattleites took to the streets as fireworks popped, horns blared and flags waved following the Seahawks’ decisive Super Bowl win.
“I was born here, I was raised here! This is my ultimate dream!” shouted John Caro, who, with his wife Corina, both 59, whooped their way down Lake City Way in North Seattle and high-fived passersby. “We have waited so freakin’ long for this!”
The Seahawks beat the Denver Broncos 43-8 Sunday. The last time a major Seattle sports franchise won a championship was in 1979 when the Supersonics took the NBA title. The WNBA’s Seattle Storm have won two championships, in 2004 and 2010.
Seattle police were out in large numbers in many neighborhoods after the game. The department was investigating two shootings that came amid widespread celebrations over the Seahawks’ Super Bowl win, both near the Pioneer Square neighborhood, where thousands of fans gathered.
The separate incidents occurred just before 12 a.m. Monday and left two victims hospitalized with non-life-threatening wounds, police spokesman Mark Jamieson said. The suspect in the first shooting was apprehended when officers in the area heard the shots and saw him running. No one has been arrested in the other shooting.
The motives for the shootings remained unclear.
For most of Sunday night the crowd was in a celebratory mood, but later on it turned ugly, with people hurling bottles at police and breaking windows, Jamieson said. Officers in riot gear eventually dispersed the crowd.
The Fire Department reported about a half-dozen bonfires around the city, mostly involving couches and mattresses burned in streets. The biggest blaze was near the University of Washington, where one person was arrested for investigation of reckless burning.
In all, about six people were arrested, including the suspects in the burning and shooting cases, Jamieson said.