Update: Man shot in The Junction; shots pierce Talarico’s wall

ORIGINAL 11:53 PM REPORT, which was headlined “Assault with weapons call …”: Happening right now in the 4700 block of California SW, and police have just called for backups for “crowd control.” 25 year old man shot at least twice. More to come.

11:57 PM UPDATE: Here’s what else we know; WSB contributing photojournalist Christopher Boffoli is on the scene and we are monitoring the scanner at HQ. Apparently the victim ran into Talarico’s after being shot. Police are looking for a white Lexus with a “black male and Hispanic male,” at least one armed with a “revolver.” Their “be on the lookout” broadcast says it was last seen heading “southbound” from the area. Christopher says California is blocked off in that block of The Junction, and that it’s a “madhouse” down there right now. According to the scanner, the victim is alert/conscious, and has at least two gunshot wounds – described by medics as in “the right axillary area” and in one arm.

12:16 AM UPDATE: Added photo from Christopher, who also says police have found “shell casings” – which is what they were looking for in the street, as shown above (and in this next photo, added later).

12:23 AM UPDATE: Yet more information from Christopher on the scene – the victim and suspect apparently were fighting outside Talarico’s before the victim was shot. At least two bullet shells were found on the ground, and Talarico’s exterior was believed to have been hit by at least one of the shots. The victim’s wounds are NOT believed to be life-threatening. Police now are not sure the white car in which the suspect got away was a Lexus as first reported – it might be something similar, like a Camry.

12:34 AM UPDATE: An official police update via phone from Officer Renee Witt in the Seattle Police media unit – she says THREE suspects are being sought (no further description of them or their vehicle, though) and also confirms that gunshots pierced Talarico’s front wall, adding that bullets reportedly lodged “in a couple of barstools.” No one hit/hurt other than the man shot outside, however.

12:42 AM UPDATE: Christopher reports that police believe the gun was 9mm. In the comment section, we have heard from Erin, who says she was inside Talarico’s when this happened, and since she is a nurse, tried to help the victim as best she could till help arrived. She says the wounds were in the armpit (axilla) and leg. Meantime, in an unrelated (but nearby) incident, police report via radio that they have just taken one person into custody in connection with an assault at Poggie Tavern (again, stressing it’s NOT related to the shooting).

12:56 AM UPDATE: More from Christopher, who was the first newsperson on the scene and is sending additional photos shortly: He saw 4 bullet casings in the middle of California and confirms that police found multiple bullet holes in the front facade of Talarico’s. Also, he reports, the person who shot the victim “ran through the pedestrian tunnel and got into a car there. Eyewitnesses said the victim was wearing a white shirt but that they saw no blood at all. Victim was screaming, ‘They shot me. I’m shot’.”

1:48 AM UPDATE: Still no word of arrests, nor an update on the victim’s condition – we’ll be checking again with police in a few hours. According to our archives, this is the first West Seattle shooting incident in more than four months in which someone has been hit/hurt (here’s the last one we reported). One interesting side note from Christopher at the scene: Police marked the bullet casings found in the street by using new electronic flares, which you can see in this photo:

From the scanner: Dispatcher was asked for description of the suspects and replied “black males with dreadlocks,” so that’s a possible update from info available earlier.

7:32 AM UPDATE: We have posted a separate followup – police have just announced that the victim did not survive.

49 Replies to "Update: Man shot in The Junction; shots pierce Talarico's wall"

  • Daddy Warbucks February 2, 2009 (12:03 am)

    I live off the Junction and heard at least 4 gun shots. Cop cars are patrolling the area now.

  • Erin February 2, 2009 (12:25 am)

    I just arrived home from Talarico’s. What a sad and disappointing scene! Just to clarify, the victim did have 2 gunshot wounds, however one was in his right axilla (armpit), while the other was in his left upper thigh. Although he was pale, and had lost a lot of blood, he was still talking when the medics left with him. Police located at least 4 shell casings on California Ave, however were only able to visualize 3 areas where the bullets at gone thru the exterior wall of Talarico’s. What a shock! We should be blessed that there were not more victims, since the bar was fairly full. My heart goes out to the victim!!!

  • WSB February 2, 2009 (12:27 am)

    Thanks – I reported them as the medics called them in to the hospital, which is standard before they leave a scene with a victim. Christopher has just updated that he’s expected to survive and is still seeking more information from police on the scene. Were you inside when it happened? – TR

  • jiggers February 2, 2009 (12:28 am)

    I bet they were whooping it up at Talarico’s. It’s karaoke night and notorious for a hoodish crowd.

  • Erin February 2, 2009 (12:34 am)

    Yeah, I was inside – roughly 20ft. away. Since I am a nurse, I tried to help the best I could until the medics arrived —-

  • Erin February 2, 2009 (12:46 am)

    I wouldn’t say there was anything “hoodish” about the crowd tonight!!

  • blablabla February 2, 2009 (12:57 am)

    This is not the first time nor it will be the last time that Talarico’s has had incidents in or right outside with its heavy young alcoholic crowd. It seems that they are the only ones in the past two years that has major problems in the junction.

  • rbj February 2, 2009 (4:20 am)

    Welcome to the city blablabla (appropriate nic). There have been problems elsewhere I’ve witnessed that don’t go reported because they’re not as dramatic.

    Even a young “hood” like me is surprised by this shooting.

  • jiggers February 2, 2009 (6:39 am)

    Was the shooting over a girl?….lol

  • JenV February 2, 2009 (7:02 am)

    Talaricos – our own little Belltown in the middle of West Seattle. Dumb young hoods + alcohol + guns. As if I needed another reason to stay away from that place.

  • Dave February 2, 2009 (7:05 am)

    Yeah why would you go near that place, their food is awful. Probably this and Poggie incident were Superbowl related though, same as New Years’. Every amateur and punk comes out and there is always a fight/shooting/car accident.

  • linasenzerrose February 2, 2009 (7:54 am)

    how sad for this to happen in any community. better to not speculate or place blame on a particular place or business before any of us really know what happened. unfortunately- stupid stuff can happen anywhere.

  • Karl February 2, 2009 (7:55 am)

    A senseless waste of life. As a community we must not become insular and hand over our neighbohood over to the nefarious element. Please, if you witness crime or hear someone boasting about crime telephone Seattle Police.

  • pigeonmom February 2, 2009 (8:02 am)

    jiggers, your warm heart and compassion know no bounds.

  • WSB February 2, 2009 (8:06 am)

    Note that we have a new followup on this story since police announced about an hour ago that the victim died, and we received a note from his sister pleading for help with finding the killer/s. Here’s where to find the followup:

  • Jack February 2, 2009 (8:11 am)

    Is Talarico’s the problem? I have been there a couple times at night and there seems to be a younger crowd. Nothing wrong with that but I have witnessed several scuffles along with more than average hanging around outside. Not the kind of place I want to bring my kids for pizza. Just to be safe. I am a little suprised it didn’t have police presence sooner.

    Our sympathy is out to the family

  • Jamie February 2, 2009 (8:24 am)

    Just to clarify, I was there last night at the unfortunate event and the crowd was great. People were singing karaoke and having a good time. The victim (who I tried to help) ran in from outside. Talaricos is getting an unfair rap on this. My heart goes out to the victim’s family.

  • Peter February 2, 2009 (8:25 am)

    I have witnessed the same also. It’s too bad West Seattle has that out here, look what happens. You would think the owners or managers would do something to deter the actions out there. Maybe they cant. Out of control? Or is this what they wanted?

  • WSB February 2, 2009 (8:26 am)

    Again, it’s VERY important to note, this did not happen IN Talarico’s. Police now say the victim and suspects were “walking across the street” when the victim was shot; he then ran into the establishment. Police were unable to tell me whether the victim and the killer/s were walking eastward or westward across California when this happened, so we don’t know where – if anywhere – they might have been beforehand. Since it appears at least some of the bullets were fired toward that establishment – given that it was hit by gunfire – you could SPECULATE they might have been heading from somewhere else. We will be continuing to follow this up throughout the day and will report in the other post (and potentially additional separate updates) whatever new information emerges.

  • Jack February 2, 2009 (8:31 am)

    Jamie I wish there were more people like yourself that help others and very sorry that it happened. But have you ever been there late at night? Or maybe it attracts the crowd on certain days? I have seen a good crowd there and have witnessed too many times a young abnocious crowd. It definately needs to be adressed. I think the daytime, early crowd makes it look great and appealing but overlooked late nights. Correct me if I am wrong.

  • Jack February 2, 2009 (8:35 am)

    Not a very well made point. If the shots were toward the establishment. It would seem that could have something to do with the problem? Quite often the crowd hanging around outside that could be in danger of a driveby. Another speculation.

  • Peter February 2, 2009 (8:39 am)

    That’s the typical liberal attitude. Protecting, entitlement. Most people don’t even have a clue what they are talking about. I am not even sure they know how to analyze a situation. Thay are always trying to save something. Typical Seattle attitude, Wake up. Talarico’s should not be a WS establishment or icon. Unless, they change their ways. Jack seems to know what’s up, anyone else?

  • WSB February 2, 2009 (8:43 am)

    ‘Jack’ and ‘Peter’, you are posting from the same IP address; pretending to be different people in a context like this — particularly pretending to shout out to your alter ego to reinforce the point — is against WSB rules. So choose one ID and stick to it.

  • Erin February 2, 2009 (8:45 am)

    There’s no need to bring politics into this! A man died last night, and Talarico’s happened to be the place he ran into prior to dying. End of story. Does that support bashing a business that has brought a lot of good times to the Junction? Being present last night, I can tell you that the staff did all they could to control a situation which was completely beyond our control…..

  • beachdrivegirl February 2, 2009 (8:58 am)

    This is just awful. I cant believe this happened. Erin thank you for all the help you did with the victim. My thoughts go out to the family of the victim. And thank you WSB. I personally enjoy Talaricos and I hope that this incident that happened outside their estabishment does not hurt any potential future business.

  • austin February 2, 2009 (9:09 am)

    This is a very unfortunate situation. Hopefully video surveillance footage will surface that will give police information on the killer(s) or their vehicle.

  • wsguy February 2, 2009 (10:06 am)

    Talirico’s is getting a bad rap here. My wife and I frequently stop at Talirico’s in the early evening. Rita, Derek, Dustin, Sarah and the rest of the team at Talirico’s make it a fun place to stop for a beverage and a bite to eat and watch a game.

    I have never felt unsafe there even later at night and Talirico’s is a great addition to the Junction and the community.

    Anywhere you have alcohol and people there can be problems. The shooting victim could just as well have run into any number of establishments if he had happened to be close to them instead.

    This is more a case of an “event” – Super Bowl night where people get stupid rather than business as usual.

    I will continue to patronize Talirico’s!!!


  • steven February 2, 2009 (10:37 am)

    is it possible this could be the same light/white sedan as the one in this incident? https://westseattleblog.com/blog/?p=13960

    I am a west seattle native and i have had enough of crime.
    let’s stop it.

  • wsguy February 2, 2009 (11:17 am)

    Same thought about the car crossed my mind…

  • Brandon February 2, 2009 (11:44 am)

    And a good reason why you don’t go running out after cars/people. Is your life worth a mirror? I suppose if the unfortunate victim had run into Husky Deli, we wouldn’t be focusing on the business rather than the perps. (I know, they were closed at the time).

  • BlockWatchMantra February 2, 2009 (12:37 pm)

    It not about physicially chasing down the evil-doers and endangering anyone, it’s about cultivating and possessing the presence of mind to NOTICE weird stuff. Be observant to notice colors of clothing and cars, etc.; Then, be PROACTIVE and access a cell phone and CALL 911 to report what you are seeing. Then, REPORT IT to nearby businesses if any, the neighborhood BLOCK WATCH Captains and/or their email lists and, of course, the WSB editor.

    Also, some businesses might want to consider holding themselves to a higher standard of accountability for what and who they are allowing under their roofs. I’m not speaking about this incident, necessarily.

    But when I observed illegal activity (an open drug sale in a restaurant in a popular WS Junction business), I immediately reported it to the owners. I was told this happens frequently in their place, but to report it to the police was pointless in that the perps would be long gone by the time the cops got there, so there was little they could do. Oh, really? I so call bs on that attitude.

    Also, in addition to ALL of the above, Seattle needs more police officers and more 911 operators.

  • steven February 2, 2009 (1:15 pm)

    can we shame the bad guys? I mean can we post pictures of the convicted persons parents and/or family, friends. seems like the people around these idiots should be feeling the pain along with the rest of us.

    just an idea.

  • bystander February 2, 2009 (1:20 pm)

    I was in an upper apartment on the corner of edmonds and california when I heard the shots. I ran over to look out the window toward the junction and less than a minute later saw a car speeding next to True Value Hardware towards Edmonds st, then quickly turning right and speeding west on Edmonds. I noticed it didn’t have any lights on so I called 911 to report what I noticed just in case it was somehow related. I’m pretty sure the car was silver though and looked like it was a newer Ford Mustang. Not sure if this information helped at all.

    I’m sorry to hear that the victim did not survive.

  • Brandon February 2, 2009 (1:37 pm)

    Very likely, glad you called 911. There was one report the suspect(s) ran to the parking lot behind Husky, so that exit route via TVH would make sense.

  • BlockWatchMantra February 2, 2009 (1:58 pm)

    That’s what I’m talking about bystander. In order to complete the puzzle, the cops need pieces to put together. They can’t be everywhere.

    They will no doubt be filtering out countless useless calls and the 911 operators are going to often be less than cordial, but the SW Precinct has asked West Seattle to do this, so let’s all step up to their call to be proactive.

  • mrhineh February 2, 2009 (2:34 pm)

    Steven, unfortunately, it might be considered a badge of honor to get on the news with their ugly mug. Case in point: car chases in CA have become a type of initiation if you made the tv ‘casts.

  • ryan February 2, 2009 (4:38 pm)

    stevie i love you rip this is your cousing ryan i feel so bad i wasnt there with you man. i pray for peice and justice one way or another. see you down the road


  • WTF February 2, 2009 (7:49 pm)

    What GD difference does it make about Talarico’s?! Explain your logics to me, PLEASE. Not one of you seemed pissed off that someone was MURDERED in your own back yard. I as many of you, walk this area all the time. Do you not see that the violence is coming closer and closer. What next, Holy Rosary parking lot! WAKE UP people! We have got to stop putting our heads in the sand and START pressuring our police and mayor to take this seriously. No stupid little interview with Tony Ventrella on his new snap show will give us the confidence we deserve that something is going to be done about this crime way. Doesn’t matter whether or not the victim knew these people or not. What matters is the violence has now come way too close to home…and IT IS NOT ACCEPTABLE!

  • fryetastic February 2, 2009 (7:56 pm)

    I’m grateful no one was hurt inside Talarico’s, especially the staff who works so hard there to take great care of us. Jordan, you deserve a raise!!!

  • Teressa February 2, 2009 (8:21 pm)

    Steve was a fantastic soccer player.
    One of the best in West Seattle.
    Rest In Peace, Steve and, may your friends and family somehow find peace in their memories of you.
    I will always remember you running down the soccer field making those crazy moves all the way to the goal.

  • El Chingon February 2, 2009 (9:21 pm)

    Rest In Peace my Brother.
    You will be missed by everyone who was lucky enough to know you.
    Until I see you again….

  • michelle February 3, 2009 (1:04 am)

    my heart goes out to the family.
    this seems to be a pointless act of pure hate.
    can’t we all just get along ?

  • V-Dubl February 3, 2009 (5:38 pm)

    This is a terrible thing that has happened to a tight-knit community. But I think all of you who are blaming Talarico’s for the actions of your sons, brothers, friends, etc. are way off-base. The junction area is like any other lively neighborhood in the seattle-area… it could’ve been ballard, freemont, cap hill, belltown, etc. We should all be able to go out and enjoy ourselves, drink responsibly and respect each other. We should all start paying attention to each others’ actions and take care of each other when bad things are happening… and stop blaming others for our drunken behavior. The staff at Talarico’s have put themselves in harm’s way a million times simply adhering to these factors. If we start blaming establishments for our own bad behaviors… What does that say about our own community?
    RIP to you Steve, you deserved a better way to leave this place…

  • GoHome February 4, 2009 (10:19 am)

    Although I have my angst w/SPD, I have to believe in my heart and my head they will catch this AHs. Jury duty anyone!
    My heart aches for Steve’s family, and for our community. Just PLEASE don’t put your head in the sand that this (too) will just fade away. We need to work very hard to PREVENT anything like this from happening again…..ever.

  • Dustin February 5, 2009 (3:51 am)

    Let’s just get this straight. Talerico’s isn’t at fault at all. if you read the actual report, it never happened in the bar. He was shot, entered the bar and collapsed.

    It’s the f***ing gangster residents of the city that make us look over our shoulders. People can’t settle s**t w/ fists anymore. It doesn’t matter where you are. S**t will happen in the nicest neighborhoods.

    We need more sober law abiding citizens that have a gun permit. Or a larger police presence. Something needs to be done. Maybe more cameras?

  • Tom February 5, 2009 (3:55 pm)

    Here we go again, stupid , mindless, punks with guns. That’s why I carry a firearm all the time. We spend quite a bit of time in the Junction, it used to be alot safer than Downtown but now you have to wonder. I would like to know how this idiot got the gun he used to comit the crime in the first place. I would love to catch a dirtbag like this in the act of commiting a crime, I know there wouldn’t be a need for a trial. And the world would be a little safer.

  • Patrick February 6, 2009 (9:06 am)

    So you are suggesting we go back to the days of the Wild Wild West and everyone carry a gun. and by the way, I do own a gun, but I’m not going to go out at night looking for “dirtbags”…

  • Florida February 6, 2009 (10:32 am)

    I am so sad…….I am sad reading all the comments that are posted that are just causing more arguing and anger…..Right now we should be filling our hearts with peace and thinking about how that family feels right now!!!!!! Not who to blame! Its so sad to me and it brings back emotions when I was in high school and Missy was innocently shot…..My heart goes out to the family and friends and I hope everyone finds peace.

  • O'le time WS ite February 7, 2009 (10:53 pm)

    West Seattle is a small town in a big city. Unfortunetly small towns are not immune to violence. We need take a stance and say, not in our back yard. We should be able to walk the streets, frequent the establishments, and not be afraid for our lives.
    This is a horrible tragidy that should not be repeated. We cannot turn back time for Steve or his family but it’s a sad day for West Seattleites if we allow thugs to scare us into our homes

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