West Seattle Crime Watch: Early-morning, late-night gunfire

Sunrise Heights residents who thought they heard gunfire around 4:30 this morning have found proof, and police have gone back for further investigation. The report we received mentioned a yellow or light-colored “muscle car” at the time shots were fired near 32nd and Kenyon (map) – police got there fast, we’re told, but the car was gone. Then this morning, our tipster found spent casings (including the one shown above) and a needle in the gutter, across the street from the east wall of the Westside School campus:

They counted five, but just texted us to say that while police were there a short time ago, a sixth was found, all 9mm. No reports of injuries or property damage.

In a separate incident, we have a report from Tom in Highland Park, who reports three shots fired from a car last night around 10:30 pm at 15th and Holden (map), by the apartments that drew a major response back on Tuesday. The call is noted in an SPD auto-tweet but as with all auto-tweets, no further details.

One more Crime Watch note that does NOT involve gunfire – an Arbor Heights resident reports a house in the neighborhood was broken into during the day Friday, 39th and 106th (map), and urges “vigilance,” observing that it went unnoticed until the resident discovered it later.

15 Replies to "West Seattle Crime Watch: Early-morning, late-night gunfire"

  • Stephen March 23, 2013 (11:01 am)

    Gunshots… That location about fits with what I heard and called into 911 last night. Didn’t realize it was 4:30, though. A few shots were very rapid-fire, and I bought it sounded like two guns. Wonder if a second was a revolver, maybe…

  • Orca March 23, 2013 (11:13 am)

    Getting uglier and uglier.
    Armed holdups in the Juction area in daylight…
    Gunshots nightly…
    Punks everywhere….
    Cars on street broken into nightly… all areas
    House robberies daily…

    Getting to be a nice place to live.
    Sure to get a lot of “worse places..” responses.

  • Chris G. Murphy March 23, 2013 (11:17 am)

    If the car was striped (I think blue stripes) with big rims, I have seen it around the area.

  • Jesse March 23, 2013 (11:36 am)

    Has there been anything new on those shot locating microphone systems that were being proposed for Seattle?

    • WSB March 23, 2013 (12:15 pm)

      Jesse – they were written out of the budget at one point. But sometimes things get added back in. Will root around.

  • rcl March 23, 2013 (12:20 pm)

    looks like a Christopher Boffoli pic without the people

    • WSB March 23, 2013 (12:26 pm)

      Sorry, I don’t always add photo credits when it’s by us site-owners because I think it’s silly to have our names all over the site many times a day but the photos here are by WSB co-publisher Patrick Sand. We always credit shots that are NOT by P or me – TR

  • Mn March 23, 2013 (12:49 pm)

    Needles by Westside school!!!!
    Hope they do a sweep of the play ground each day

    • WSB March 23, 2013 (3:16 pm)

      Mn – if you notice in the photo, there is a fence and a wall, with Westside elevated off the street on that side. This happened on the residential street, east of the campus, just in case it’s not clear – not ON the campus, sorry if the wide shot led to any confusion .. TR

  • G March 23, 2013 (4:41 pm)


    Unfortunately, true. When I was growing up here, it was a place where you simply lived, quietly and relatively safely. Now, we’re constantly told how “special” we are to live here, despite the fact that it’s getting worse and worse.

  • Seattlite March 23, 2013 (7:09 pm)

    Orca and G I agree w/both of you. WS’s crime has increased in the last 10 years or so. Other urban areas are feeling the increased crime too. It seems in this down economy the socioeconomic factors contribute to the crime increase. Illegal guns are another factor threatening our safety. The urban village concept of overdeveloping WS, Ballard, Greenwood, etc., doesn’t help either.

  • T March 24, 2013 (2:53 am)

    I’ve had to stop reading the WSB for crime alerts because it just seems so rampant. As a citizen, I get involved with my local neighborhood group. However, I still don’t feel any safer. It’s just sad that increased crime in a nice place like WS is a sign of the times. I’ve lived here for over 30 years, and crime has substantially increased in the last 10 years. Although some people don’t seem to believe me. I feel safer when I lived in Wallingford than I do here. I know a lot of old timers feel the same way I do. It’s just frustrating and makes you feel powerless.

    • WSB March 24, 2013 (12:14 pm)

      Sorry to hear that, T; when we started covering community news that wasn’t being thoroughly covered anywhere else – with the windstorm in 2006 – we never expected to wind up reporting frequently on crime; it was one of the things I hated most about my career in TV news, the fact that we did so much crime coverage. However, we report it here by popular demand – and from the viewpoint “knowledge is power.” It’s ALWAYS happened – in the early ’90s, when we moved here, things were SO much worse in terms of violent crime. You just didn’t hear about it, I guess, if it wasn’t something big like that year’s murders. But it happened – as did property crimes; we lived on Beach Drive ’91-’93 and had our car window shot out one night with many of other neighbors. I understand choosing not to hear about it if you don’t want to; to our enduring surprise, many do. (After the home page, the Forums’ index page, and the Jobs page, the Crime Watch page is the most-read page on WSB.)
      And crime reporting leads to information that spurs action and empowerment – people get caught because alert neighbors call police; stolen cars get found because people read about them and spot them in their neighborhoods. We do our best to track major cases through the system but it’s not as easy because names are not made available in early police reports – maybe if we can find a better way to report on the outcome of these cases, it will lead to a bit less of a sense of powerlessness. Police are adopting new tools all the time – Predictive Policing, the latest – to try to make more of a dent, and maybe someday we won’t have a need for Crime Watch reporting … TR

  • nick March 24, 2013 (9:25 am)

    Not surprised more activity around those crappy apartments we need code enforcement and police to find some way to close them down. Calling police after the fact does not seem to be helping

  • Seattlite March 24, 2013 (10:18 pm)

    TR — You are absolutely correct “knowledge is power.” Just tonight my neigbor called me and let me know that a police car was patrolling up and down our street. SPD is doing the best job they can in keeping WS crime under control. Crime has always been in WS. It’s just that we get the news faster via the WSBlog, which is a good thing. Keep up the good reporting WSBlog.

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