UPDATE: Police investigating shooting in North Delridge after robbery in Admiral; 1 person shot

(UPDATED WEDNESDAY MORNING with new information from police)

FIRST REPORT, 10:53 PM TUESDAY: An “assault with weapons” response is on the way to 25th/Findlay – and we’re hearing from several people who say they heard multiple gunshots. Per scanner, a male victim has a gunshot wound in his upper leg. Police say they’re finding shell casings. More to come.

11:09 PM: We’ve just arrived at Delridge and Findlay – while most of the SFD response has been dismissed, a private ambulance is here. We hope to find out more from police about scanner traffic suggesting this might be related to a robbery at Hamilton Viewpoint Park in Admiral.

11:28 PM: Police are still trying to sort out what exactly happened and why it all wound up here after starting at the park in Admiral. No one is in custody so far. The victim’s been taken to the hospital and his injuries are not life-threatening. The car he was in is here at Delridge/Findlay and police are talking to possible witnesses.

11:52 PM: As pointed out in comments, there are shell casings on 25th near Puget.

Police are here too and crime tape is up (so if you’re out driving or riding at this hour, 25th is blocked).

12:46 AM: We went by Hamilton Viewpoint Park – no police cruisers with lights on, but there appeared to be an officer with a flashlight; gates were closed and not close enough for us to reach safely, so we’ll have to verify in the morning what if anything was found there, as well as whatever other details police have determined.

SIDE NOTE: While there have been other incidents involving gunfire, this is the first time someone has been shot in West Seattle since this incident near 35th and Morgan more than four months ago. One person was “grazed” in the June road-rage incident that started under the bridge.

ADDED 10:52 AM WEDNESDAY: A few additional details are in what police just posted to SPD Blotter, including the victim’s age and confirmation that shots were fired at Hamilton Viewpoint as well as in North Delridge:

Police are investigating a robbery with shots fired that took place at Hamilton Viewpoint Park in West Seattle last night.

Two men arrived at the park at 10:45 PM to meet with some friends. One of the victims got out of his car and was immediately confronted by a suspect armed with a handgun. The suspect demanded the victim’s backpack and he complied. But when the suspect demanded the victim’s belt, the victim refused. As he started walking back to his car to leave the suspect fired several shots in his direction.

The suspect then ran to a silver or bronze BMW, that was being driven by another male, and drove off southbound from the park. The victims took off after the suspect vehicle and followed them until the 5000 block of 25 Avenue SW where the suspects fired more shots at the victims’ vehicle.

One of the victims, a 19-year-old man, was struck in the leg by a bullet. Medics responded to the scene and he was transported to Harborview Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.

(WSB photo of police examining ‘the victim vehicle’)
The victim vehicle also sustained damage from multiple bullets.

Officers flooded the area but were unable to locate the suspect vehicle.

The Robbery Unit responded and processed the scene for evidence. Detectives are still working to gather more details about the suspects—the victim described them only as a Samoan male and a white or Hispanic male both in their early 20s. Police are also investigating the nature of the meeting between the suspects and victim.

68 Replies to "UPDATE: Police investigating shooting in North Delridge after robbery in Admiral; 1 person shot"

  • WTF August 18, 2015 (10:56 pm)

    Ah, the PsOS have awakened!

  • Josh T. August 18, 2015 (11:01 pm)

    I heard 5 rapid fire gun shots around 10:40pm… Sirens a few minutes later

  • Rachelle August 18, 2015 (11:03 pm)

    Yep. I’m on 25th and Edmones and I heard this loud and clear. Pretty freaked out…

  • Ty August 18, 2015 (11:12 pm)

    Heard it all the way down Delridge and Pugent – though it happened at the pea patch 👿

  • Jeremy August 18, 2015 (11:16 pm)

    More gun shots must have happened north of Puget as the police are there and there are shells marked in the street as evidence.

    • WSB August 18, 2015 (11:23 pm)

      Jeremy – not sure of the exact shooting location but Delridge/Findlay is where police/ambulance are & were. Our photographer is not seeing shell casing markers here but we’ll head that way after he talks to a sgt. here.

  • nigel August 18, 2015 (11:18 pm)

    I heard 5 rapid fire pops from Delridge Way and Puget Blvd SW

  • Homedk August 18, 2015 (11:21 pm)

    I also distinctly heard 5 rapid fire gunshots. I’m near 36th & Dawson.

  • Alan August 18, 2015 (11:25 pm)

    I’m not shocked by the location. Walking by there lately, I feel like an extra in The Wire. It’s very uncomfortable, even in broad daylight.

    • WSB August 18, 2015 (11:28 pm)

      Alan – we’re not sure yet exactly what role this location played in it – the gunshots apparently were fired from a car, and it all had to do with a robbery at Hamilton Viewpoint, then people involved in some way all headed this way for some reason, and then cars took off afterward … not sure how much we’ll sort out while here since police’s first priority is to talk with witnesses.

  • Katie August 18, 2015 (11:31 pm)

    I’m 2 miles South of Westwood Village and have a helicopter hovering close by. Is it related to this?

    • WSB August 18, 2015 (11:33 pm)

      Don’t know, but that’s quite far from here …

  • sna August 18, 2015 (11:36 pm)

    There were 5 gun shots at Hamilton Viewpoint at about 10:30 as well. Called 911. I was told multiple others had called too.

    • WSB August 18, 2015 (11:38 pm)

      Apparently related to the robbery that is reported to have started all this. Gun fired into the air, according to scanner traffic our editorial assistant heard.

  • Jeremy August 19, 2015 (12:01 am)

    5 casings on the street in front of my house on 25th, so the shots at Findlay are on top of the 5 here.

  • T August 19, 2015 (12:37 am)

    I’m sick. I was on my way to the P-Patch to shut off my water when this happened. I would have been standing at 25th and Puget Blvd if I had left 45 seconds earlier. It’s time for something to happen about this stuff.

  • RayWest August 19, 2015 (4:51 am)

    I’m close to California Ave between WS Junction and Morgan St. and I heard what sounded like multiple gunshots at around that time last night. At first I thought it might be leftover firecrackers but suspected it was gunshots.

  • Seattlite August 19, 2015 (5:31 am)

    About a week ago, during the day, I drove to Hamilton View Point to take a photo but never got out of my car because of the rough, scary looking guys that were there. I hope SPD has their eye on this area.

  • sc August 19, 2015 (6:31 am)

    Isn’t Hamilton Viewpoint closed that late at night?

    • WSB August 19, 2015 (7:10 am)

      SC, according to the Parks website, it’s open until 11:30 pm. I just rechecked our Twitter timeline and the call to Delridge was dispatched at 10:52 (don’t know how much earlier the Hamilton part of the incident was supposed to have happened but it would’ve therefore been while the park was open – its gates were closed when we went by after midnight as noted in the story).

  • Kb August 19, 2015 (6:39 am)

    I was sitting outside and I heard five shots. I’m near the golf course and could hear it loud and clear. Heard sirens within minutes. WSB is so quick to report these things. Seems like every day there’s been a shooting in Seattle recently.

  • WO August 19, 2015 (8:52 am)

    Any description on the suspect(s)? Maybe we can keep a look out?

    • WSB August 19, 2015 (8:57 am)

      Varying descriptions of people and cars last night as all was being sorted out (as mentioned above); I am hoping to get the report from SPD this morning – was thinking they might have written it up for their “blotter” by now but they have not. – TR

  • Judy August 19, 2015 (9:39 am)

    Was babysitting for Jill and Jeremy when the shots were fired in front of their house…I hit the floor then turned out all the lights before crawling to check on the kids. Now Jill can’t tell me she lives in a safe neighborhood. Was stuck at the house till 1:45am because the shell casings were next to my car and the detectives had not arrived at that crime scene. All to much for the grandma.

    • WSB August 19, 2015 (9:47 am)

      Update – we should have more info from SPD shortly, and since some haven’t even checked in for the overnight news yet, we’ll add it to this story rather than publishing a separate followup … TR

  • G August 19, 2015 (9:42 am)

    The level of crime, both large and small is shocking. I was using wifi at the Admiral Safeway late thursday night and a couple of the well known punks/grifters who hang out there, walked in and walked out with stolen items. The young girl working the cashier was there by her lonely self and seemed unwilling to do/say anything. Her manager was on break, apparently. I doubt he even cares. I saw one of these bums later walking through the alley off California looking for what he could steal. How many crimes have been committed just in a few blocks of my home in the past year?? Scary.

    I just sold my house (yay!) so it’s not my concern anymore, but Seattle needs some serious self-reflection about what the hell is going on.
    And it’s nonsense to think this is just part of a city getting bigger; this is a symptom of something else that is going wrong.

    Good luck.

  • Brian August 19, 2015 (11:08 am)

    HOT TIP: comparing anywhere in Seattle to a scene in The Wire just shows how out of touch you are.

  • sc August 19, 2015 (11:22 am)

    “Police are also investigating the nature of the meeting between the suspects and victim.”

    I just want to know why the robber would want the victim’s belt? Did he forget his own? :)

    • WSB August 19, 2015 (11:45 am)

      SC – this isn’t the first time I’ve heard about a robber demanding and/or stealing the victim’s belt. That also came up in a Whale Tail Park incident earlier this year.

  • Cluelessinws August 19, 2015 (11:45 am)

    Alan, I liked your Wire comment. Funny cuz it’s true.

    G, congrats on selling your home. I’m getting tired of waiting for this supposed nice area to become nice, despite my best efforts. Not holding my breath that’s for sure.

  • M August 19, 2015 (11:48 am)

    Wearing an expensive belt is a status thing in Hip Hop and gang culture. Gucci and Burberry are the preferred brands and typically cost $300-400. The low-slung, butt crack look is intended to emulate prison pants (where supposedly the pants don’t fit). The belt shows that you’re back in the criminal saddle again, although growing up in Montana I wouldn’t recommend riding the range with your pants hanging down around your dupe.

  • Alan August 19, 2015 (11:54 am)

    @Brian, if you think no experience in Seattle is like ANY scene on The Wire, then you are the one out of touch. You weren’t walking with me that day and you don’t know my experience. Seattle isn’t Baltimore, but we aren’t in Mayberry either.

  • T August 19, 2015 (12:07 pm)

    For some of us who live right where this happened, this is a serious matter. Could those of you in the petty argument about your opinions of the neighborhood take that elsewhere please. We are watching for relevant information. Thank you for your understanding of keeping this thread focused. This is very stressful for someone who was seconds from walking into the street when this happened. Please have the courtesy to not make this worse.

  • Cluelessinws August 19, 2015 (12:23 pm)

    I know there are worse areas of Seattle and the US. Too many of the following for me: helicopters, gunfire, sirens, grafitti, petty crimes, kids being robbed or groped on their way to school. Call me crazy.

  • T August 19, 2015 (12:40 pm)

    I too find those things stressful, but the facts according to the Southwest Precinct and multiple data sources is that crime is improving here and in the south. Crime is rising up in the East Precinct and it is getting horrible. I am very keen on the facts in this case since we have had ongoing problems with a particular family. It is important to discern if this relates to that family or is unrelated.

    • WSB August 19, 2015 (12:51 pm)

      T – While I am hoping to get the actual report narrative on this either later today or within a few days, I doubt it will shine any light on what sounds like a very specific question you have, so I want to suggest that you contact the Community Police Team – maybe you’re already working with them, if there is an ongoing problem? They would be more likely to know that kind of detail. At this point I don’t have any information about why what started as a robbery in Admiral then headed to North Delridge and what significance, if any, the locations (bullet casings found at 25th/Puget, victim drove on apparently to Delridge/Findlay, where we found police & ambulance & victim’s car) bear. I know there was a gunfire incident right around the corner there some months back, but have no info on whether it’s related at all. – TR

  • me too August 19, 2015 (12:50 pm)

    Seattleite, I’ve also been avoiding Hamilton lately. I’m a big guy but I’m no match for the 1/2 dozen rough looking people that have been hanging out there in broad daylight smoking pot and drinking.

  • T August 19, 2015 (1:00 pm)

    That is a great suggestion. Your details have been very helpful. Based upon your reporting it seems that it is unrelated to the problem family so far, even though it occurred very close to the home that gives us so much trouble. Your details have been very helpful and appreciated. That is why I have continued to watch this post when I rarely spend any of my time on online resources. Many thanks.

  • TB August 19, 2015 (1:09 pm)

    Hamilton Viewpoint hasn’t felt safe for years. I wish the West Seattle Police would give it some attention. If they parked there each night for a bit it would probably clean it up. Maybe they can afford to after today’s Admiral speeding ticket campaign.

  • Beth August 19, 2015 (1:22 pm)

    Great reporting Tracy!

    Does anyone besides me find the info below sad? Sad that it’s been “a whole four months” since someone has been shot in our nieborhoi da!? 😢
    –SIDE NOTE: While there have been other incidents involving gunfire, this is the first time someone has been shot in West Seattle since this incident near 35th and Morgan more than four months ago. One person was “grazed” in the June road-rage incident that started under the bridge.–

  • Seattlite August 19, 2015 (1:34 pm)

    TB…Just a reminder that my siting of rough, scary guys was during the day. Hamilton Viewpoint Park used to be a family friendly area during daytime hours but not so much anymore.
    Alan — I get “The Wire” vibe on the corner of 35th and Morgan…The Walgreens’ parking lot and alley area is scary.

  • BMC August 19, 2015 (1:49 pm)

    Hey M – thanks for the $$$ belt explanation. Pathetic isn’t it? Guess they have no hope of a productive life. Just spend it all on a stupid belt….

  • WSB August 19, 2015 (2:19 pm)

    Beth – I mention that only because comments sometimes tend toward “all these shootings” and while one is too much, it’s certainly not a commonplace occurrence. So, for context, we try to pull out a stat here and there. – TR

  • North admiral neighbor August 19, 2015 (3:01 pm)

    I am very disappointed in the lack of police survelience of Hamilton viewpoint park. We live right above the park and for the past four months (we just moved here) we have been working with our neighbors to alert the police about suspicious activity going on at the park. (Drugs, alcohol and now shooting?????) I know I personally call the police 1-2 times per week because of the noise, the shady behavior and speeding that occurres most nights in and around the park at all hours. The problem does not seem to be stopping no matter how many times we call. We are going to contact our city counsel representative next but would appreciate any further guidance from the WSB about handling this scary issue.

  • sixbuck August 19, 2015 (3:31 pm)

    T – If the surname of the problem family you’re referring to starts with “J”, this family has been a problem in Seattle for several generations. Nothing will ever change.

  • SrslySharon August 19, 2015 (3:43 pm)

    @N A N You are going to be even more disappointed when you find out there is no designated City Council member for West Seattle.

  • Alkiholic August 19, 2015 (3:56 pm)

    Anyone else hear the multiple shots early this morning on Alki? I woke up at 2:24 am to gunfire, at least a whole magazine. I counted nine shots but am unsure as to how many shots total as I woke up in the middle of this crap. I’m pretty close to Alki Point and just conferred with my neighbor behind me who was rousted as well. These were pretty close!! Same thing happened last Monday very close proximity to last night. Been here for over three years and this is the first time (including the incident from last week) I’ve actually woken up to gunfire on Alki in the middle of the night!

    • WSB August 19, 2015 (4:05 pm)

      Alkiholic, we’d been asked about that a few times and so far as the police log shows, there was no confirmation it was gunfire – if they don’t find shell casings or property damage, it’s classified as “disturbance,” which is what that is logged as.

  • Mike August 19, 2015 (4:34 pm)

    Just sad they can’t handle their issues like men. At least don’t put others at risk with guns, put your hands up and deal with it. Cowards carry guns in disagreements not men.

  • T August 19, 2015 (5:11 pm)

    Mike, this was a robbery situation. Not a disagreement.

  • ScubaFrog August 19, 2015 (5:51 pm)

    WSB I have to dispute your claim that shootings here “aren’t a commonplace occurrence.” I guess it’s subjective – what’s ‘common’ to you in regards to shootings? To me, it’s once a month perhaps? And we’ve seen a spike this summer. There are shootings all the time here on Alki, I’ve heard shots once a week/bi-weekly, all summer. I know people in different parts of West Seattle who’ve also heard gunshots – a lot – this summer.

    Or are you ‘only’ referring to shootings where someone’s hit?

    • WSB August 19, 2015 (6:34 pm)

      The latter.

  • M August 19, 2015 (11:55 pm)

    BMC – Because Hip Hop culture has now gone mainstream it’s impossible to tell anything about the ethnicity or economic status of someone who has an expensive belt, or who might covet one. Tennis shoes are also a big deal in Hip Hop. And the most expensive and coveted ones are Bapes (Bathing Ape – whatever that means). I was recently in their one and only store in the US – in Manhattan. They told that their number one market, by far, is Asia – mostly wealthy Japanese. So I would say SPD should be on the lookout for several young wealthy Japanese kids if they plan to solve this one.

  • WS newbie August 20, 2015 (12:29 am)

    Recently moved here from a rough area in another state. But I have seen more violence here then I ever saw where I was. Might be considering another move if it continues.

  • AnotherN.AdmiralNeighbore August 20, 2015 (12:57 am)

    Dear Police Chief O’Toole,

    We hope you are well and that this story (and story comments) find their way to your desk. Sorry to bother SPD again with the same-ol’-same- ol’; like bullets flying in our neighborhood park. But we have tried Blockwatch Capt. mtgs, public meetings, asking SPD a zillion times over last few years, to please patrol Hamilton Viewpoint on a regular basis; and alas, the patrol officers still tell us they can only go to our lovely little park if/when called out to do so. Apparently, it’s just not on anybody’s beat anymore! (Do police still have beats?)

    Apparently the word’s been out on the street for awhile now – “Want to do whatever the h#@* you want and not worry ’bout gettin’ busted? – Well,then come on out to Hamilton Viewpoint! Enjoy smokin’/tokin’/drinkin’/druggin’/ trashin’ /off-leash and our (new!) handgun parties, unharrassed, 24/7, gate open or closed, ain’t no matter cause NO cops- EVER! Of course, nobody walks to party there, so worried about partying and driving? Don’t be! Drivin’ U.I. thru this hood is OK, cause there’s NO cops – EVER!”

    Well Chief, even though that may not sound too inviting, it’s still a great little park so don’t let that dissuade you from accepting our sincere invite. We’d love it if you would swing by for a beer this weekend with everybody at “the Point” at 4:20 (wink wink). We can have a scavenger hunt for last night’s cool new ammo casings and other fun stuff. But we know you’re a busy person so if you can’t make it, we understand. If that’s the case though, would you consider sending a couple patrol officers in your place? We’re not hard to please, just one or two of the 1,371 officers protecting downtown biz interests would do. Give ’em our address: it’s WEST Seattle, (you know- just a little south o’ downtown and over the bridge?) From the bridge, it’s just up Admiral Way a piece. Once there it’s super easy – just follow the trail of Swisher wrappers, beer cans, junk food bags and skunk puff to Hamilton Viewpoint!

    We’d love to see you (t)here!

  • No-Mitch August 20, 2015 (1:43 am)

    I’d really hate to see WS hit with some relative crime. Some of ewe wouldn’t survive.

  • Wes C. Addle August 20, 2015 (7:49 am)

    @M
    Hip Hop culture has been mainstream since the late 80’s and early 90’s. A Bathing Ape shoes haven’t been real popular in about 15 years and wealthy Japanese kids are wealthy so why would they be robbing people on the street?

    Shoes that get targeted in the US are generally the rare models of Air Jordans. Most people in the US can’t just go find any BAPE shoes, they are very rare.

  • Youlljustdeleteitanyway August 20, 2015 (8:35 am)

    The LAST TIME I went to that park with my 7 year old to try and fly her new kite, there was a threatening looking group of 3 cars, and about 8 people, drinking, playing fetch with 2 massive Pitt Bulls, and blaring hip hop so loud you could feel it. I nervously made a cursory attempt at flying the kite, while trying to maintain as much distance as possible between my daughter and those dogs. After hearing a few menacing taunts from the group directed against other park goers, I scooped up my daughter, and went to try and fly the kite somewhere else. (Anywhere else!)
    We don’t really visit that park anymore.

  • me too August 20, 2015 (9:36 am)

    I recall reading on WSB a while back that the police developed plans specific to each neighborhood, and the Hamilton Viewpoint was supposed to be a focus area in the Admiral police plan. So I looked it up and sure enough, it is one of the 3 main points in Admiral, the other two being property crime and juvenile issues around the admiral junction safeway.
    The plan is here:

    http://www.seattle.gov/police/MCPP/Plans/Southwest/Admiral.pdf

    Since they are clearly not following their own plan and giving the area special focus, I am left to conclude that the whole community plan idea is just lip service to make people think they care.

  • Bunnyfer August 20, 2015 (9:55 am)

    @Youlljustdeleteitanyway – I think that’s the whole problem. I don’t blame you for not wanting to take your kid there when there are aggressive people and dogs around, but the reason they’re there? It’s because we – as a collective communal whole – have abandoned the place. We don’t have picnics there, or fly kites, or take pictures, and so that element now sees it as “their” territory. They don’t want to be seen, and they certainly don’t want to “hang out” with a bunch of families, senior citizens, and do-gooders. More than the police, who can only be there so often and for so long, it is up to us – the residents of this community – to be there, standing up for our right to have a beautiful, peaceful park. More activity – not less. I realize for some this is too scary, and they would rather leave than possibly be in a confrontation with others, but in my experience (yes, working with teens in gangs and other criminals, as well as random lawbreakers on the streets) these people, when faced with so much scrutiny, will eventually find somewhere else to be.

  • txx August 20, 2015 (11:39 am)

    SHAME SHAME SHAME on all those scum Who Come To Admiral Safeway,leave Garbage All Over,act Like Gangster Rats.then Steal Right In Front Of You.What The Hell Is Going On Here?

  • Eric August 20, 2015 (12:27 pm)

    Not to justify anything but I remember being a teenager in the 90’s and Hamilton Viewpoint had those same issues back then

  • Ken August 21, 2015 (9:42 am)

    Lived in DC, Boston NYC and Mayberry (Hickory NC)This is still the safest place I have ever lived .More afraid of the psychotic cops than any random shoot-out.

  • M August 21, 2015 (1:49 pm)

    Through no choice of my own, unfortunately, I’m familiar with the hip hop, gangsta community in West Seattle – which is fairly small – a couple of hundred real and wannabe thugs. And now, because of sites like this, we simply hear more about it, which is both a blessing and a curse depending on where you fall on the paranoia chart. The Blog is excellent, but it’s turned out that one unintended consequence of such thorough and immediately reporting is that anything having to with crime (or government) always gets the dervishes whirling closer to inner-nutcase self.

    Anyway, word on the street, which I have no way of verifying but believe, is that someone “needed popping at The Point.” My guess would be that it was about weed. There were no Samoans or Latino guys involved. Like Bob Dylan says “To live outside the law you must be honest”, and this is apparently what happens when you aren’t. Supposedly the perp wasn’t planning to kill the guy – shooting people in the leg is a fairly common and admired skill in that world (The cops might try it once in a while, like when there’s ten of them and one crazy guy with a knife).
    The ‘victim’s’ story is also hard to believe. What innocent victim in their right mind would chase after a big Samoan guy and his cohort (the perp is apparently quite large) after just getting shot by one of them? And the whole belt thing is typical small time gangsta stuff – the chances that the victim would be wearing an incredibly expensive belt at the park, one coveted by the perp and worth the victim risking his life for, are minuscule. But there’s only one thing worse than being a thief in that world, and that’s being a snitch. And that’s why the cops are looking for the wrong people.

  • TAS August 22, 2015 (11:03 pm)

    Both area involved are problem areas that the police seem to refuse to do anything about as shown by the post with the plan they created but have not bothered to implement. While the delridge/cottage grove sight just happened to be where the people stopped the cars and started shooting again it is having issues lately. When elderly women cannot safely garden then it is an issue that needs to be addressed. When the police are called we need them to come in a timely manner.

  • BelvidereNeighbor August 23, 2015 (1:28 pm)

    Anyone want to organize a neighborhood day at the park? We could fill the park with so many people that the offenders might feel uncomfortable and find somewhere else to hang out. If we go there before them and had a whole set up of blankets, tables, sports, etc, maybe we could reestablish this park as a neighborhood park and not a meeting place for criminals from outside the neighborhood.
    Waiting for the police to do something about it doesn’t seem to be the answer. As they say, if you want something done, do it yourself. (OR ask if someone else is willing to organize it :))

  • concerned citizen August 27, 2015 (8:55 pm)

    I seen that the spdblotter.com did an update about this situation I was hoping westseattleblog would do the same

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