Update: Shots fired in Delridge, no one hurt, 3 arrested

July 18, 2012 at 12:31 pm | In Crime, Delridge, West Seattle news | 25 Comments

(Photo by Sage K)
12:31 PM: Still working to find out what’s going on but Delridge is blocked off at and around the Boren Building – avoid the area. More to come.

12:38 PM: The road has reopened. Lt. Pierre Davis tells us at the scene that it involved shots fired – no one hurt – two people in custody – shell casings found. It actually happened in the 5600 block of Delridge (we originally mentioned the Boren school building, but it turns out police were just staging there).

1:33 PM: Adding a photo from Sage K, taken during the half-hour road closure – the photo was taken looking northeast over the Delridge/Juneau intersection. Police also say that some kind of argument/fight preceded the firing of shots. When they first arrived, Lt. Davis tells WSB, they talked to witnesses who had seen that, and that’s what led them to the two suspects, who were in an apartment in the 5600 block.

2:43 PM UPDATE: Some new information has just been published via SPD Blotter. Police say the Gang Unit is investigating this, and that they arrested three people in all.

25 Comments

  1. Partially open now but many squad cars! Just drove through.

    Comment by coffee — 12:35 pm July 18, 2012 #

  2. Delridge has been reopened to traffic.

    Comment by SageK — 12:35 pm July 18, 2012 #

  3. Wow this happened right behind my house didnt hear shots nor sirens. My son called and told me as he drove by . Quick info thanx west blog.

    Comment by Norman — 12:45 pm July 18, 2012 #

  4. The shots sounded a lot like firecrackers Norman. Considering all the random firecrackers that have been going off randomly, it’s not surprising people didn’t really notice the sound of gunshots.

    Comment by SageK — 1:11 pm July 18, 2012 #

  5. 5600 Delridge Way + 5434 Delridge Way DESC Project = Stupid

    Comment by Down In Delridge — 1:16 pm July 18, 2012 #

  6. Glad 2 people are in custody. I hope having the Boren school open will bring new positive activity to this area. I know crime happens everywhere, but my ‘mom radar’ can’t help but go into alert mode whenever I read about trouble near this school site.

    Comment by Interim Worries — 1:33 pm July 18, 2012 #

  7. What is it with this block? This is the only place on Delridge that seems to have gun play. I was looking through some news archives on Google and this is one of many shootings in the past in this one particular block.

    Comment by A. — 2:45 pm July 18, 2012 #

  8. Gang activity. So sick of this. Do some of them live on Delridge itself on that block, or could that be where drug deals are made?

    Comment by evergreen — 3:04 pm July 18, 2012 #

  9. Actually I should amend that to the gang unit along with regular officers just took 2 male and 1 female youth / young adult into custody at bus stop on the corner of Delridge / Juneau. Guns were drawn briefly while making the arrest. Several of the officers from the earlier incident are also present. This might (probably) is related to the earlier incident.

    Comment by SageK — 3:11 pm July 18, 2012 #

  10. I live on Delridge in the 5900 block and it seems that there is an apt. building in the 5600 block that has a lot of shady things going on in it. I’ve heard from neighbors that a lot of people are in and out of there and that there are drug dealing problems there. But that is second hand information.

    Comment by SageK — 3:21 pm July 18, 2012 #

  11. There was a drug house between Alaska and Edmunds off of Delridge for many years. Shady activity has moved form the abandoned house to an apartment building on Delridge. The police and detectives knew about the house and license plates were tracked as well as activity recorded but there seemed to be nothing that could be done during the several years the house operated as such. The alley seemed to be where most activity occurred.

    Comment by kami — 4:55 pm July 18, 2012 #

  12. Every little argument is being handled with gunfire these days. Big tough kids. Unbelievable.

    Comment by My — 5:06 pm July 18, 2012 #

  13. The city should close the Super 24 Crack Mart. Everyone in the neighborhood knows this is the epicenter of the neighborhoods problems.

    Comment by Camp Fellow — 5:28 pm July 18, 2012 #

  14. Camp Fellow, I have been in that store when some pretty scary crap went down, more than once. Same with the shell station. Both of those should be bought tore down. Put in a safeway, QFC, something. other than spendy beyond pull date food.

    Comment by Norman — 5:44 pm July 18, 2012 #

  15. My kids used to take the Metro home from the SPS bus stop (so far for a kindergartener – ridiculous; glad she had her middle school brother to assist) there. They reported crack smoking at the bus stop at Delridge and Juneau multiple times.

    I’m so glad I got the heck outta Dodge. That place is terrible. Anyone who says otherwise is delusional.

    Comment by MaryCooks — 5:46 pm July 18, 2012 #

  16. Norman, the Shell station’s store is in fact for sale:
    http://www.commercialmls.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=property.detailBO&ln=119105

    Comment by WSB — 6:00 pm July 18, 2012 #

  17. Hey thanks for that info, now if I can just get a loan , maybe if enough of us band together we can buy this place and get the other to sale cheap.

    Comment by Norman — 6:43 pm July 18, 2012 #

  18. And to add one more thing, maybe just maybe if the city fixed the alleys behind such said area, there wouldn’t be so much gang crime, Its a $hit hole back there. the city will not even pick up our trash there. They condemned it in 1997 or so, but yet they still pick up dumpster garbage aka apt, methlab trash.

    Comment by Cindertang — 7:04 pm July 18, 2012 #

  19. I went to a meeting at the southwest precinct in March, http://westseattleblog.com/2012/03/2-days-till-north-delridge-community-crime-fighting-meeting. Unfortunately very few people were in attendance, but what I learned was that not enough people who live in or on Delridge are reporting crimes. If you see a drug deal or something shady are you calling it in to the police? If you aren’t then you are enabling those criminals.

    Comment by DelridgeResident — 9:01 pm July 18, 2012 #

  20. Do you know when the next crime fighting meeting is? I have some issues with police procedures or lack there of, when it comes to crime from first hand experience that I would like to get some answers to.

    Comment by Eric — 5:10 am July 19, 2012 #

  21. Eric – The West Seattle Crime Prevention Council will not meet again till September, nor does the West Seattle Blockwatch Captains’ Network. You would likely be able to chat casually with someone at Picnic at the Precinct on August 11th. – TR

    Comment by WSB — 6:11 am July 19, 2012 #

  22. I see that the police didn’t tell who ever posting this that the info given to them was false they actually went into the wrong apartment and had to let the young men go. They had wrong people.

    Comment by msk — 9:03 am July 19, 2012 #

  23. MSK, the newest information is the SPD Blotter story linked in the last part of the update. SPD is who said they had “arrested” 3 people – before that, we had only confirmed on scene that they had 2 “in custody,” which doesn’t necessarily mean arrested. I don’t know if the 3 people they reported arresting are the same people they originally had in custody. – TR

    Comment by WSB — 9:15 am July 19, 2012 #

  24. And somehow this same area that is the “perfect location” for 66 of the “most vulnerable” mentally ill and drug addicted people to move into?
    *
    5200-5600 Del Way has been a hotspot for decades. The DESC project on 5400 block will be right in the middle and directly across from 2 quickmarts that attract trouble, including Super24.
    *
    Either DESC doesn’t have a clue or they genuinely don’t care where they warehouse people, along with our City Council and Director of Housing.

    Comment by DelWay still dangerous — 2:09 pm July 19, 2012 #

  25. Where’s Batman when you need him?

    I’m sick of the stupid teenage and drug problems arising out of these underfunded, low rent neighborhoods. They have nothing to offer the community but violence, drug dealing, and offensive behavior towards others. Every time some gang dispute boils over, or it’s just simply boredom, those genius kids decide they need to make a statement. I’m even more pissed off that because these idiots don’t have anything better to do and haven’t a clue how to do something constructive, they cast an evil shadow across our neighborhoods, vandalize our local businesses, libraries, and bus stops, and devalue our residential properties. The new neighborhood becomes a gangland that steadily expands and flourishes as quality people decide to leave rather than fight back.

    Once Delridge has a reputation of being a place to buy drugs and wage war, it’ll take a huge investment from the city to try and clean it up. The damage will have been done though, so don’t think there’s a quick turn around just because the mayor-come-lately decides to plant a tree or fix a pothole. We’re doomed if we think reliance on others to fix our problems is the only answer. If you want to leave it to others, just look at every other city where there’s a crappy low rent zone where thugs run things like tribal warlords. You won’t want to stop for gas, pho, bubble tea, cheap tires, or plumbing supplies. You’ll just want to keep on moving and hope your car doesn’t break down.

    Maybe we need a vigilante like Batman to round up all of these useless wasteoid gangster wannabe’s and put them on a work crew for 2 years straight, put the worst offenders into a hard labor prison in the south, and the light offenders to work cleaning up Delridge allies, walls, busstops, etc. Those that rise to regain good standing in the community should be asked to patrol the streets at night to make sure no new kids fall prey to the gangland underworld.

    Comment by Batman — 9:13 am July 27, 2012 #

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