Update: Shooting, robbery attempt on 28th SW east of Arbor Heights

(WSB photo: At left, a sheriff’s car that was on ‘containment’ earlier, on 106th at 26th)
FIRST REPORT, 7 PM: If you’re in Shorewood/east Arbor Heights, you might be noticing a major law enforcement presence: Sheriff’s deputies are getting help from SPD in their search for a suspect in a reported shooting near 10300 block 28th SW (map). No word on shooting circumstances/victim yet.

7:11 PM UPDATE: KCSO says the male victim is expected to survive. A K-9 team is helping search for the person who shot him.

7:38 PM UPDATE: KCSO says the K-9 track wasn’t able to find a suspect. They’re still sorting out the motive, possibly robbery.

9:40 PM UPDATE: We just checked in with KCSO spokesperson Sgt. DB Gates. She won’t have more information until morning but did say that as far as she knows, the shooting, while it happened near Grace Church (as discussed in comments), had no connection to the church.

TUESDAY MORNING, 10 AM: From Sgt. Gates:

There were four males in a parked car smoking marijuana when the suspect approached the car, opened one of the doors, displayed a handgun, and demanded their belongings.

For whatever reason, just a few seconds after the initial demand the victims felt the suspect was spooked by something outside the car. He then fired one shot into the car which hit a 17 year old seated in the driver’s seat. The suspect fled immediately on foot.

One of the males in the car also fled on foot, presumably because he had the marijuana. The other two (ages 19 and 20) remained with their friend and cooperated with responding deputies.

A K9 unit from Renton PD responded and a track was done but it was unsuccessful. Renton PD’s dog assisted as calling for an on duty dog is often quicker than calling out one of our K9 units from home. We also were assisted by Seattle Police.

The unknown suspect is described as a black/white mixed race male in his late 20s, approximately 5′ 10″ and medium build. He had short dreadlocks and tattoos on his neck and hands, last seen wearing a gray hoodie, red T-shirt and jeans. The victim vehicle was impounded for processing by detectives.

23 Replies to "Update: Shooting, robbery attempt on 28th SW east of Arbor Heights"

  • babs October 27, 2014 (7:45 pm)

    The police officer in front of our house asked if we had seen a man with dreadlocks. Not sure if there is any other information on the suspect that they’re looking for.

  • Lolapop October 27, 2014 (7:50 pm)

    Does this mean they have stopped looking?

  • Jason October 27, 2014 (8:06 pm)

    Is that by Shorewood Christian / Grace church?

  • Hi October 27, 2014 (8:19 pm)

    Grace church parking lot

  • Hayle October 27, 2014 (8:21 pm)

    Will it be safe tomorrow morning ?

  • babs October 27, 2014 (8:21 pm)

    The Arbor Heights Neighbors Facebook group has it at Grace Church. That is the only place I’ve seen a location. ???

    • WSB October 27, 2014 (8:39 pm)

      Sheriffs have not given a specific address and generally will not. The police and sheriff’s cars we saw were along 106th/107th and posted at cross-streets.

      • WSB October 27, 2014 (8:53 pm)

        Also, we’re asking if KCSO has any further info on circumstances. They might not, until morning; if they do, we’ll add. And suddenly citywide law enforcement has another priority … **NO** indication it’s related to this at all, at this point, but there has been a shooting between Rainier Beach/Skyway with at least three people reported dead. Outside our coverage area but citywide media will all be there. – Tracy

  • tim October 27, 2014 (9:42 pm)

    I’m at the skyway shooting. No way its connected. Grandpa killed himself and two others.

  • Jason October 27, 2014 (9:44 pm)

    My daughter’s friends are saying it was right by the entrance of Grace church. One lives right across the street the other attends classes there, but this is all based on updates via 13 year olds’ iphones so not 100% on that.

    • WSB October 27, 2014 (9:52 pm)

      Jason – I added one tidbit I did get from KCSO; it might have happened in that area but so far as they know at this point, not related to the church.

  • sadie October 27, 2014 (10:08 pm)

    hi, I go to shorewood christian school which is located right across the street from Grace Church. however, I attend school at Grace Church; we use it for middle school and highschool students. I am wondering; is it safe to go to school tomorrow. I am not particularly worried, unless the police are not able to find the suspect.

  • Jason October 27, 2014 (10:47 pm)

    Yeah sorry I should have been more clear that they didn’t think it was related at all to the church or schools there, just that it was roughly the location. Sorry for lack of detail, hopefully nobody took that wrong.

  • Hi October 27, 2014 (11:11 pm)

    My car was in the upper parking lotat grace church. The crime scene was in the lower grace church parking lot.

  • tim October 28, 2014 (12:50 am)

    I wonder why helicopter wasn’t involved.

    • WSB October 28, 2014 (7:14 am)

      Guardian One doesn’t fly every night. Heard on the scanner sometimes, “Is Guardian One available? / No.” etc.

  • E October 28, 2014 (7:43 am)

    Any update this morning? There are a number of schools in this area. Should they be open this morning?

    • WSB October 28, 2014 (8:06 am)

      E – I hope that if the schools had any questions/concerns, they would have contacted the King County Sheriff’s Office already. I don’t have any new information so far, sorry, but the fact the K-9 lost the track would seem to indicate the person was long gone from that general area – TR

  • RT October 28, 2014 (3:16 pm)

    Is the 17 year old who was shot OK? Do not see any update on that

    • WSB October 28, 2014 (3:27 pm)

      RT, I have no information on that. Last night the injuries were described as not serious. Without a name, I have no way to follow up with the hospital.

  • Thomas M. October 28, 2014 (10:50 pm)

    I hope they grab him and send him off to the hoosegow for a long, long time.

  • Suzan S. October 29, 2014 (8:43 pm)

    The 17 year old will survive. Is out of ICU at harborview. He was shot in the abdomen.

    • WSB October 29, 2014 (8:47 pm)

      Thank you, Suzan.

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