UPDATE: Shooting investigation at 16th/Holden 7-11; clerk hurt


2:56 AM: Police are looking for a suspect in a shooting at 16th/Holden in Highland Park. According to scanner traffic, the suspect is about 6 feet tall, unknown race, thin build, wearing a red mask, black coat, black shirt, unknown color gloves, carrying a shotgun. The victim is reported to be an employee at the 7-11 – no information on condition so far.


3:28 AM: Police have been searching with a K-9 but no arrest reported so far. Here’s what our crew at the scene has founded out: The man who is hurt is the on-duty clerk; his injuries are not life-threatening so he’s being taken to the hospital by private ambulance (as shown in our top photo). The front door was apparently locked and he refused to let someone in, who then took out a shotgun and shot through the glass – the clerk’s injuries are apparently from broken glass as much as pellets. Detectives are joining the investigation.

29 Replies to "UPDATE: Shooting investigation at 16th/Holden 7-11; clerk hurt"

  • Hp January 18, 2017 (3:09 am)

    Police were just parked at riverview park with lights

    • WSB January 18, 2017 (3:34 am)

      They’ve been on “containment” and searching for blocks around – the suspect got away on foot, at least initially.

      • Joelle January 18, 2017 (5:40 am)

        Any updates?

        • WSB January 18, 2017 (6:47 am)

          No – this is pretty much all the info.

  • Alki Resident January 18, 2017 (6:42 am)

    Absolutely horrible, get this scumb off the streets.

  • JJ January 18, 2017 (6:46 am)

    Police were still there as of 6:00 am.  The area is blocked off and there was an ambulance there as well. 

  • SeaVieu January 18, 2017 (8:10 am)

    My thoughts are with the clerk hoping for a speedy recovery.

  • WestCake January 18, 2017 (8:14 am)

    That’s pretty brazen  to fire a shotgun through a locked glass store front door. The store owners should install the turnstile bullet proof glass counters.

  • RG January 18, 2017 (8:33 am)

    We saw a police car with lights on outside our house at 3 am (15th and Thistle vicinity). Looked on the blog and saw this update. Thanks for being there 24/7, WSB and Seattle Police! Sorry to see this type of thing happening in our area, but glad to know it wasn’t a life threatening injury.

  • West Seattle Family January 18, 2017 (8:41 am)

    When I left my house on 17th & Holden this morning around 7am – the police were walking the neighborhood with k-9 unit. Said they were looking for evidence

  • Mike January 18, 2017 (8:54 am)

    Glad the clerk has non life threatening injuries, although getting buckshot out may not be possible, so life long issues dealing with that.  I hope they find this robber and charge them with attempted homicide.

  • Justin January 18, 2017 (11:29 am)

    Awful. Prayers for the clerk. Are we turning into another Chicago?

    • WSB January 18, 2017 (11:36 am)

      Chicago homicides, 2016 = 700+
      West Seattle homicides, 2016 = 1

      Which is one too many. But since you ask.

      • Claire January 18, 2017 (1:52 pm)

        Thank you…… your response was perfect. 

        • WSB January 18, 2017 (3:23 pm)

          I should point out, before someone else does, that the per-capita comparison would look a bit different:

          Chicago – 2.7 million people – 762 homicides last year (I just found the final #)
          West Seattle – ~100,000 people – 1 homicide last year (that rate would equal 27 homicides in West Seattle if we had Chicago’s population)

          • Justin January 18, 2017 (3:28 pm)

            Nice non sequitur. West Seattle is a neighborhood, not a city, and this kind of criminal behavior is both shocking and unacceptable. I’m amazed that WSB editors would downplay the significance.

          • WSB January 18, 2017 (3:36 pm)

            I am not “downplaying” anything. Both stories and comments on WSB go into the Internet archives forever and we strive for accuracy. Our rate of homicides and violence is not even the barest shadow of anything resembling Chicago, and that needed to be pointed out.

          • Justin January 18, 2017 (3:46 pm)

            Wasn’t comparing the scale of violence within the two cities, but rather the behavior of this criminal as described in your post. Chicago has a history of gangsters and other criminals who regularly engage in gun violence. I’m sorry you failed to see the behavioral similarity and felt the need to downplay the behavioral similarity by throwing out a non sequitur statistic. Hopefully this kind of thing doesn’t happen again.

          • Double Dub Resident January 18, 2017 (5:17 pm)

            Actually Justin,  you technically did compare us to Chicago when you made the statement in question form that are we becoming another Chicago? 

            From January 1st 2016 to August 28th 2016, Chicago had 2,800 shootings and about the same amount of guns confiscated within the same time frame.  The homicides have already been stated

            I find the crime overall  in West Seattle infuriating,  but we are no Chicago. 

          • CAM January 18, 2017 (9:54 pm)

            Justin, the factors leading to the current epidemic of gun violence in Chicago are complex. As a person who grew up there, returns several times a year, and follows the local Chicago news I object to your classification of Chicago’s history and your overly simplistic interpretation of what is a very serious problem. 

            And to your comparison of crime in Chicago and Seattle, there is no comparison. You are at much greater risk in Chicago. 

  • JanS January 18, 2017 (12:00 pm)

    thanks, WSB…sometimes my mind is boggled by questions like that :(

  • Diane January 18, 2017 (1:40 pm)

    excellent reply WSB; and prayers for Chicago; those are scary crazy numbers

  • steve January 18, 2017 (3:12 pm)

    But Chicago did not happen overnight.  Give the council and mayor time, probably ten, fifteen years…

    • JanS January 18, 2017 (4:05 pm)

      Steve, this mayor, this council, will be busy with other things 10-15 years from now…

      • steve January 18, 2017 (4:21 pm)

        But their minions will continue their horrific policies.  The ten year plan is a prime example. 

  • West Seattle Hipster January 18, 2017 (4:09 pm)

    Hoping SPD catches the sociopath who did this, pretty unnerving that someone brazen enough to do that is loose.




    Kinda wondering what’s going on in that area.  I drive through that intersection every AM at 0430 and have been seeing cop cars stationed there.   

    • Double Dub Resident January 18, 2017 (5:22 pm)

      That 7-11 has always been sketchy for decades now.  This is not surprising unfortunately.  Last time I saw there on my way to work ,  there was a fight between two groups of people brewing in the parking lot as I was leaving and when I was in the store,  it was full of sketchy people.  I regretted stopping there and left as soon as I could.  I just remember looking at the cashier and feeling sorry for him 

  • willbehonest January 18, 2017 (6:14 pm)

    that’s our 7-11 and those guys work so hard and long to serve folks. They are the last people that should have to deal with this crap. Please catch the perp, SPD!. 

  • WhiteJ47 January 18, 2017 (7:56 pm)

    I live down the street from that 7-11 location. So far I have witnessed the following in the surrounding area:

    1. A BF breaking up with his GF and her going absolutely ape on him. She actually broke their windshield during her tirade. I have video of this, but found it amusing as this is typical “hood behavior”. Those that can’t afford to replace what they break do the most damage to their own area/self.

    2. A tall, blonde-haired, individual (looked like a Nickleback burnout- maybe redundant there) accosted a neighbor and broke his rear windshield with brass knuckles. He proceeded to travel on foot to the Tug Inn.

    3. My GF’s wallet was stolen from her car by some downtown regulars who then proceeded to rack up more than $1k in charges. Just happened last week.

    4. This shooting.

    I frequent the 7-11 and  hope the best for the clerk that was injured. I moved to this area 6 months ago and it is much different from what I have experienced in the past. Having lived in Inglewood, CA, for 2 years before this, I can say this area is much more alive- and that’s saying a lot! The area turns in to a different place past 10-11pm. Probably why a lot of the houses that are up for sale have been listed for quite some time.   

    Glad to have found this blog.


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