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Update: 1 person arrested after man shot in Morgan Junction


(Photos by WSB co-publisher Patrick Sand)
9:59 PM: Police and fire are in the 4800 block of 35th SW after a report of a shooting. The scanner says the suspect vehicle MIGHT have been a blue BMW, license plate starting with 478, “last seen northbound on California.” Scanner traffic also indicates the victim is a 46-year-old man shot four times. Our crew will be at the scene shortly.

10:10 PM UPDATE: According to scanner traffic, the man was shot somewhere else and taken to Providence Mount St. Vincent, where police found him. CPR is under way.

10:18 PM UPDATE: Minutes before the victim turned up at The Mount, we had a report of gunshots heard in Morgan Junction – and indeed, police are reporting that’s where the shooting happened, in the 6400 block of California SW. According to SPD via Twitter, he “drove himself” to The Mount, which is not a public hospital but rather a nursing home/retirement facility. He has since been rushed to Harborview Medical Center.

10:37 PM UPDATE: The scene is apparently closer to Morgan Junction Park, according to a witness who told us a vehicle associated with the victim – which we also saw at The Mount – was parked by the construction equipment outside the park. Police are there investigating – we’ve added a photo above.

10:58 PM UPDATE: The photo immediately above this line is the truck in which the victim is reported to have arrived at Providence Mount St. Vincent. We’ve also substituted a clearer photo of the shooting scene by Morgan Junction Park.

2:10 AM: No updates from police so far. We’ll keep following up.

7:13 AM: According to Southwest Precinct Lt. Alan Williams, one person was arrested overnight in connection with the incident. But he said further details would have to come from the SPD Media Relations team (which has not yet published its account of the incident).

7:34 AM: Police have JUST updated SPD Blotter. Here’s what they write:

On 1/21/12 at approximately 9:45 p.m., officers were dispatched to a shots fired call in the 6500 block of California Av SW. The call was updated with the suspect and the victim leaving northbound in separate cars.

Several witnesses were located and interviewed. The victim and his car were located in the 4800 block of 35 SW. The victim was shot 4 times in the chest.

Utilizing good investigative techniques, patrol officers were able to locate an address for the suspect. The Anti Crime Team & Gang Detectives responded to the suspect’s address. The suspect was arrested and the gun recovered. Homicide and CSI responded and processed the scene. As of 2:00 a.m., the 36-year-0ld male victim was still alive at an area hospital. His injuries are life threatening. The suspect, an adult male was booked into King County Jail for Investigation of Assault.

Police had gone to a Gatewood address in search of one person whose name they mentioned over the radio as a possible suspect. That name is not currently on the King County Jail Register, however.

3:32 PM UPDATE: Now it is. A 67-year-old Gatewood man is the suspect jailed in connection with last night’s shooting near Morgan Junction Park.

The status of the 35-year-old victim is not clear; a friend tells WSB his mother in Florida told them he did not survive, but authorities are so far not confirming (or denying) that, and Seattle Police spokesperson Det. Renee Witt told us, “I don’t anticipate any additional information being released today on this case.” The King County Jail Register lists the suspect as being held on suspicion of assault, not homicide, at this point.

One friend, Jamie, who says he was with the victim when he got shot and is the person who drove the victim to Providence Mount St. Vincent, thinking it was a hospital, has told us his story, by phone. (He has participated in the comment discussion, below.)

Caveat from your editor here: While there is no certain way to confirm that someone calling you by phone is who they say they are, saw what they said they saw – nor, frankly, is that sort of confirmation available if you talk to someone at a crime scene who says they are a witness – we will say that details Jamie mentioned include information that we heard police discuss by radio, but did not include in our published story. So here’s what he told us:

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West Seattle post-snow scene: 4-wheelin’ at Westwood

First, “Mount Costco” – now, “Mount Westwood,” and a determined (?) driver. Thanks to Johnston for the photo.

Missed trash pickup this week? City update on what’s next

Missed trash/recycling pickup this week? Seattle Public Utilities just sent out the word on how things will work when “normal service” returns on Monday:Read More

West Seattle Weather Watch: Breezy but no advisory

Thanks to K for the afternoon view from Constellation Park via iPhone – note the kayaker at the center of the frame. (Perhaps Mark, featured here 4 weeks ago?) *Added* More than one – Danny McMillin shares this photo from the same area:

The breezy weather will continue. The newest forecast says tonight won’t be as wake-you-up gusty as last night – though tomorrow might be close. No alerts, so far, however, and we also haven’t heard or seen any major damage from last night’s round of wind.

Help West Seattle kids do a good deed for South Park babies

Meet the Flying Eagles, who are hoping you can and will help with this tomorrow:

Title: Baby Drive at PCC Sunday 11:00-12:30

Sunday 1/22/12 11:00 am-12:30 pm
West Seattle PCC
Baby Drive

The Flying Eagles Camp Fire Group is doing a Baby Drive collecting items for South Park’s Providence Regina House food bank.

We are collecting:
Infant Food
Diapers size 1-5

We will also accept new or gently used baby clothes, toys & board books. The kids will participate in handing out baby food at the food bank’s monthly Baby Cupboard Day which serves about 130 babies! [Note: We are not collecting any actual babies at this time.]

West Seattle Crime Watch: Fire-station car break-ins

From Bob:

2 cars were broken into at Fire Station 11’s (16th Avenue SW & SW Holden Street) secured parking lot sometime late Friday night/early Saturday morning. Unnamed articles were taken and some were found across the alley. SPD was notified and a report was taken.

West Seattle storm aftermath: Saturday midday notes

(Added 11:20 am: Early-early-morning Constellation Park waves, by Kenna Klosterman)
FORECAST: The wind advisory has officially expired. The National Weather Service says it’ll still be “blustery” but not serious enough for an alert. Showers and highs in the mid-40s. No West Seattle power outages, either; in the middle of the night, there was one very small outage on the map near Alki Point, but that appears to have been resolved.

CLOSURES/CHANGES: Still a few. West Seattle Golf Course is closed (per Facebook). Community School of West Seattle (WSB sponsor) has postponed today’s open house till February 4th. Marination Mobile canceled its regular Saturday visit. Otherwise, as far as we know, what’s on the WSB West Seattle Events calendar for today IS still on – check it out here; tomorrow we will resume our daily morning previews of each day’s highlights.

‘MOUNT COSTCO’: Kathleen e-mailed the photo of the giant snow mound in the Costco parking lot on 4th, for those thinking about making the bulk-buying run from West Seattle. She says the parking traffic jam is about that big too.

Update: White Center Food Bank gets help – THANKS!

ORIGINAL 8:31 AM REPORT: Just got a call from White Center Food Bank volunteer coordinator Audrey Zemke. They suddenly need up to seven people to help hand out food today, 10 am-1 pm, because the volunteers who were coming canceled at the last minute. Please call 206-762-2848 ASAP if you can help.

9:37 AM UPDATE: Audrey says they’ve got all the help they need now – THANK YOU.

West Seattle Weather Watch: The wind arrives

3:23 AM: The National Weather Service‘s “wind advisory” officially took effect at midnight – and as of just before 3 am, the wind has arrived. The NWS says we may see gusts up to 45 mph; at 3 am, the Sea-Tac weather station recorded gusts just under 40. It’s all expected to calm down by late morning.

ADDED 4:10 AM: Metro is back on regular routing.

ADDED 7:38 AM: The city has changed its mind – NO residential solid-waste pickup today. (Details here.)