8 arrested for hate crime against disc jockey after bar fight

The suspects allegedly used racial slurs and damaged equipment during the brawl in Lynnwood.

LYNNWOOD — Early Saturday morning, eight people were arrested on suspicion of using racial slurs following a fight at the Rec Room Bar and Grill near Lynnwood, according to the Snohomish County Sheriff’s office.

The eight suspects were booked into the Snohomish County Jail on suspicion of malicious harassment — also known as a hate crime. Some of the suspects were also were booked for investigation of assault. Another person was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated.

Deputies were called to the scene around 12:40 a.m. Saturday, after witnesses reported 15-20 people causing a disturbance which included fighting with the disc jockey, according to sheriff’s Lt. Jeff Brand. Witnesses also said shots were fired inside the bar. The reports of gunfire have not been confirmed by the sheriff’s office, said Brand.

The suspects allegedly used derogatory terms including the n-word toward the disc jockey, who is black, he said.

The suspects at this point all appear to be white, said Brand.

The disc jockey was assaulted and his equipment damaged during the brawl. He was transported to the hospital for evaluation for non-life threatening injuries, Brand said.

When officers arrived at the scene, the suspects scattered, both on foot and in at least two vehicles, Brand said.

Six people were taken into custody during a traffic stop later in the morning. Another two were pulled over later in a separate vehicle and taken into custody.

Lynnwood and Everett police assisted Snohomish County deputies.

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