West Seattle Crime Watch: Gunfire in Highland Park

11:47 PM: Police have confirmed reports of gunfire in Highland Park.

(WSB photos)

It happened in the parking lot at the 16th and Holden 7-11, where, according to scanner traffic, at least one shell casing has turned up, and officers are looking for others. No reports of injuries or property damage, so far.

12:10 AM: Still just one casing found as of our stop at the scene a few minutes ago. The search is focusing on the east side of the store, along 16th.


They’re still sorting out the circumstances. Photos added.

8 Replies to "West Seattle Crime Watch: Gunfire in Highland Park"

  • Dave February 17, 2016 (12:10 am)

    Interesting and scary, indeed! I’m not sure what time this happened, but I was there about an hour ago, and almost stopped by for snacks. Luckily I remembered that I had QFC coupons and opted for that instead. Sheesh. I’m from Memphis where stuff like this is normal, but recent events have me dubiously “feeling at home.” 

  • Michelle in South Delridge February 17, 2016 (1:00 am)

    @Dave, I hear you! Hopefully things quiet down again soon. Thanks for the update, WSB!

  • JanS February 17, 2016 (1:13 am)

    that’s kind of a bad luck location…not the first story from there in the not too distant past… :(

  • datamuse February 17, 2016 (7:21 am)

    Well, that explains the sirens I heard last night. 

  • Sunny206 February 17, 2016 (8:49 pm)

    At what point does this location become a nucence  property? Maybe that would make 7-11 or the owner step up and add lighting or security?

  • tm7302 February 18, 2016 (12:06 pm)

    @Sunny206, it’s not a nuisance property.  It’s the thugs that are in the area that are the problem.  The area is fairly well illuminated with bus stops, fire station, mini-mart and the 7-11 all on the 16th/Holden intersection.

  • SMH February 18, 2016 (12:14 pm)

    I have lived in the west my whole life in highland park for 18 years and that 7-11 yes has a lot of business but far from being considered a nucense property.You can’t blame the busiest establishment within those 4 corners for all the incidents that has occurred as you can see in the report it was focused to the east of 7-11 which puts the location closer to sea mart and the teriyaki burger joint which were both closed at the time the incident took place shoot blaming a essential means of convenience for the community a nucence is like someone who puts all their problems off on the next person never claiming their own responsibility for what isn’t right in their life.How the owner of 7-11 could be blamed for ignorant mofo’s is pathetic.Just like your user name sunny206 in a city of rain but that’s probably Steve Pools fault huh.

  • Sunny206 February 18, 2016 (5:24 pm)

    Thanks for attacking someone’s user name, what’s up with that. I guess sunny206 couldn’t mean that a person has a sunny disposition, or is happy living in west Seattle or even enjoys the sun whenever it happens to be out or a lot of other things.  I’m glad you got all that off your chest.  I have lived in the Westwood area for 40+ years so know a little history myself.

    I glad your there to support the store, they have a good customer in you. I did not suggest closing the store, but maybe a way to get some help to make it and the neighborhood around it safer. The below city code sure looks like it fits some of the activity that happens on that corner.

    Property owners and operators violate the law when they allow a chronic nuisance property to exist. The Seattle Municipal Code (SMC 10.09) defines a chronic nuisance property, sets out procedures for declaring a property a chronic nuisance, and determines the remedies for fixing the property.

    Not every nuisance property rises to the level of a chronic nuisance. These have three or more nuisance activities within 60 days or seven or more nuisance activities within 12 months. Nuisance activities include assaults, fighting, drug dealing, prostitution, gang and weapons-related violations. They do not include barking dogs, junk storage or the neighborhood jerk who yells at passing children.

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