West Seattle, Washington
Second confirmed gunfire incident tonight – and again in this case, no victims reported – dispatchers reported multiple calls, and officers have radioed in that they found casings at 11th and Kenyon.
On many Sundays at noon, West Seattle Neighbors for Peace and Justice demonstrate at Walk All Ways in the heart of The Junction. Tomorrow, they’ll have company from other groups, including Hate-Free Delridge, as a followup to that group’s demonstration last Wednesday on the overpass by Youngstown Cultural Arts Center (WSB coverage here).
As HFD told us at the end of that event, all are welcome during the noon-1:30 pm demonstration in The Junction, at which they intend to “stand for peace and justice” – bring your own signs, or borrow one of their extras.
8:09 PM: Police are at 16th and Barton investigating a reported exchange of gunfire, and radio discussion says they have found shell casings, but no victims, and that those who were involved are believed to have gotten into at least two vehicles and left. More to come.
8:19 PM: If you heard/saw a helicopter, that was Guardian One looking around for anything matching what descriptions police have so far of the vehicles – white mid-2000s Mercedes SUV, and a black vehicle.
8:25 PM: Our crew has talked with police at the scene. No property damage so far as they can tell; they say they have found one confirmed shell casing, 9mm. Along with the aforementioned white SUV, the description of the second vehicle involved is now black or blue. By the way, if you’re a bit south of the scene and noticing police pulled over with a silver car, near 15th/Roxbury, that’s NOT believed to be related – they noticed plates on the car that were reported as stolen, and pulled it over.
8:40 PM: Our crew says police are wrapping up at the scene. No further reports of progress on finding those responsible, but if you have any information, call 911.
8:44 PM: Now police are investigating a report that one nearby residence was hit by a bullet.
9:31 PM: We went back over to find out more about that. Police confirm that a bullet went into an apartment two buildings south of Barton, along the alley between 16th and 17th.
SIDE NOTE: From SPD’s latest SeaStat briefing last week (last page here), the Southwest Precinct – West Seattle and South Park – has had 41 confirmed “shots fired” (meaning confirmed because of shell casings and/or property damage and/or victims), second after the South Precinct, which has had 111.
I am writing to tell the person who was arrested today for stealing my daughter’s bike – told you I would find you. It took me two weeks but I got you. I am not putting his name here for now, even though he was arrested by Seattle Police today with the bike and will be charged with a felony, because he is innocent until proven guilty.
I did my duty as an engaged citizen and helped by watching websites, making phone calls, and driving around neighborhoods BUT I WANT TO MAKE IT VERY CLEAR, our Seattle Police, Southwest Precinct, did the heavy lifting today. Officers put themselves in harm’s way to find and arrest this guy. Our police have a brutal job, and any way we can help them we should. Every bike theft can’t be investigated, as much as we want it to be, but we as law-abiding citizens can do something to help. Be vigilant and don’t give in to these thieves. Don’t shrug it off. Theft is not OK.
The Southwest Precinct was awesome. The Officers were amazing. Thank you for helping us.
Moral of the Story: Crime doesn’t pay? Don’t give up? Don’t Steal?
Sure, but even better…COPS ARE AWESOME.
Thanks for giving back some faith in humanity to an eleven-year-old.
Make sure you shake an officer’s hand next time you see one and say thanks for protecting us. I know I will.
We will do our best to track the case through the system.
One week from today, you’re invited to the 10th annual West Seattle Car Show, presented by West Seattle Autoworks and Swedish Automotive (WSB sponsors)! 10 am-3 pm on Saturday, August 26th, it’s taking over the north side of the Puget Ridge campus of South Seattle College (6000 16th SW; WSB sponsor), with vehicles old and new to admire, plus music – the Disco Cowboys, live! as well as a DJ – kids activities, vendors (not just vehicle-related – jams, jellies, and pickles too), plus food trucks – Double Up (Caribbean cuisine) is already confirmed. Check out SSC programs including Automotive Technology, which show proceeds help support, and the Northwest Wine Academy. As a co-sponsor again this year, we’ll be there too, covering the show as it happens, so come say hi. Spectators get in free.
P.S. It’s not too late to get your vehicle into the show – pre-registration has ended but same-day registration is available; find the form here – load-in starts at 8 am on show day.
P.P.S. Even if you’re not entering your vehicle, yours will be eligible for free leak inspections during the show courtesy of “Don’t Drip and Drive” as well as free bulb checks via “Lights On For Safety.”
Seattle Police are at 37th and Cambridge, south of Fauntleroy Park, where they and SFD responded to an “assault with weapons” call – but they found no evidence that the purported victim who called it in had been assaulted at all, with or without weapons. He showed signs of intoxication and was taken to a hospital for evaluation.
What better way to let your kids learn about bees and their vital role in our ecosystem, than by taking them to the West Seattle Bee Garden for Kids’ Day, presented by the Puget Sound Beekeepers Association? Above, you can watch the bees without getting too close. Earlier, it was story time:
Art activities are keeping other young visitors busy:
And the grownup visitors might be interested in buying honey to support the nonprofit PSBA:
The event’s on until 2 pm. The WS Bee Garden is on the north end of High Point Commons Park – scroll down this page for a map.
The last weekend in August has historically brought the Alki Beach 5K, presented by and benefiting Northwest Hope and Healing. As of this year, NWHH is no longer presenting that run, but instead, it’s the beneficiary of this year’s Cosmo 7K, part of the Cosmo All-Women’s Race Series, moving its local event from Kirkland to Alki. It’s a 7K run and 5K run/walk set to start at 9:30 am Sunday, August 27th, with a kids’ half-mile run at 10:30. The runners will use the road, so even if you’re not participating, be aware of parking restrictions and an Alki Avenue road closure that morning.
Welcome to the weekend! Highlights for today/tonight, from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
TOUR HIAWATHA WITH FRIENDS OF SEATTLE’S OLMSTED PARKS: Think you know everything about the history of Hiawatha Playfield, the city’s first sports-oriented parks? Take this free guided walking tour and find out! It’ll last about two hours. Meet on the west side of Hiawatha Community Center. (2700 California SW)
LONGFELLOW CREEK RESTORATION: 10 am-2 pm, join Earth Corps along Longfellow Creek. (West of Delridge Way SW/SW Juneau)
TODAY’S WADING POOLS AND SPRAYPARK: 11 am-8 pm, both Lincoln Park wading pool and Highland Park spraypark are open. Noon-6:30 pm, it’s the last day of the season for Hiawatha wading pool, and the second-to-last day of the season for Delridge wading pool. (Find addresses here)
VIETNAMESE STORY TIME: 11:30 am at Delridge Library. (5423 Delridge Way SW)
NO ALKI LIGHTHOUSE TOURS TODAY … but they’ll resume tomorrow!
‘SHREK: THE MUSICAL,’ 2 SHOWS TODAY/TONIGHT: 3 pm and 7:30 pm, you have two chances today/tonight to see Twelfth Night Productions‘ summer show “Shrek: The Musical” at the West Seattle High School Theater. (3000 California SW)
‘QUEEN OF KATWE’ @ WEST SEATTLE OUTDOOR MOVIES: Second-to-last movie of the summer at the “festival street” on the south side of the West Seattle YMCA (WSB sponsor) – it’s “Queen of Katwe,” telling the story of Phiona Mutesi, the young Ugandan woman who became a chess champion (and visited West Seattle a few years ago to inspire other youth!). You’re welcome to arrive as early as 6:30 pm; the movie’s free and starts at dusk – likely before 8:30 pm this week. Bring $ for options including the BC Zhang food truck, raffles raising money for nonprofits, and concessions. (36th SW/SW Snoqualmie)
ROO FORREST AND FRIENDS: Eclectic mix of originals and covers at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 7-9 pm. (5612 California SW)
COHO CHAMBER ENSEMBLE: Classical wind quintet playing a variety of music, with a pianist joining them for a sextet, too. 7:30 pm at Kenyon Hall. Our calendar listing includes reservation info. (7904 35th SW)
UKULELE ROCK: With The Castaways, at Parliament Tavern. 9 pm-midnight. $5 cover. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)
SEE WHAT ELSE IS UP, TODAY AND BEYOND … via our complete-calendar page.