‘We fear for our safety’: Several windows of local Federal Way restaurant shot, shattered


After several windows were shot at and shattered this week, local restaurant owner Kabal Gill is wondering how East India Grill is going to cover the replacement expenses.

East India Grill, located at 31845 Gateway Center Blvd. S. in Federal Way, has seen an uptick in vandalism and destruction of their restaurant in recent months, and the staff are beginning to feel unsafe, Gill said.

“People are angry and frustrated and taking it out on us,” he said of the recent incidents. “We’re taking a lot of beatings.”

Approximately nine glass window panes were shot at sometime overnight on May 12, with what appears to be BB gun pellets, police told staff.

Several large panes are shattered, and about six windows have multiple pellet holes. After vandals threw a large item into one of the restaurant’s windows a few month ago, replacement of a single larger window pane cost upwards of $14,000, staff said.

Gill, who returned to the restaurant on May 14 after undergoing hand surgery the previous day, said it will cost them thousands to replace all of the windows.

Unforeseen expenses are especially hard on the restaurant, coupled with the sharp decrease in customers since the pandemic began.

The Gateway Center does not have surveillance cameras or on-site security, Gill said.

“It’s kind of an abandoned place,” Gill said of the shopping center. “We fear for our safety.”

Last year, Sound Transit demolished the former movie theater at the center to make room for the incoming Federal Way Link Extension light rail route.

A lack of lights at night near the construction site, which is directly behind East India Grill, allows other crimes to occur, Gill said.

With few security measures at the Gateway Center, gas theft from cars in the parking lot is also common, he added.

Police told staff the damage appears to be from BB gun pellets. Olivia Sullivan/the Mirror

Police told staff the damage to about nine of the restaurant’s windows appears to be from BB gun pellets. Olivia Sullivan/the Mirror

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