West Seattle, Washington
(WSB photos. Above, shooting scene on southwest side of 15th/Roxbury)
9:42 PM: Thanks for the tips. Guardian One is helping with a search over South Delridge and White Center. Radio traffic indicates the primary responders were King County Sheriff’s Deputies, so it started on the county side of the line. We’re on the way to find out more.
9:55 PM: Deputies tell us they’re looking for suspect(s) in a shooting in White Center – they say the victim was shot in the hand. The search is about to affect traffic on Roxbury, according to radio discussion – we don’t know for how long.
10:03 PM: Roxbury has reopened. Search continues. Deputies tell us the shooting happened near the gas station on the southwest corner of 15th/Roxbury, and the male victim has been taken to a hospital.
10:11 PM: The search/containment area is fairly wide – a K9 team is still tracking on the ground, with G-1 in the air.’
10:23 PM: KCSO says via Twitter that the victim is 26 years old and that they’re looking for one suspect, someone who “is believed to still be armed.”
10:30 PM: Photos added. The K9 search has been “called (off),” per KCSO, but deputies are still searching the area.
You’ve probably noticed that from the bridge – a white-wrapped structure, resembling a bird, rising from a drydock at Vigor Shipyard on Harbor Island. It’s the mast of the destroyer USS Sampson, which has been at Vigor for maintenance a few months and due to leave before Christmas. It factored into a ceremony we covered there this afternoon.
A Sampson crewmember, Petty Officer 2nd Class Nicholas Besheer, and Vigor safety manager Billy Ray Brittain (above left) were honored by Washington State Ferries with the Life Ring Award for saving the life of WSF assistant engineer Dave Bennett (above right). He suffered a heart attack at the shipyard on November 13th while at Vigor to work on a ferry. They used CPR and an on-site automated external defibrillator to revive Bennett before medics arrived.
Bennett was there to say “thank you.” WSF chief of staff Elizabeth Kosa presented certificates and other appreciation:
Also there: City and county emergency specialists to urge that everyone learn CPR. You’re most likely to find yourself having to use it on a family member, pointed out SFD’s Capt. Peter Ubaldi.
Vigor CEO Frank Foti was there to voice pride and congratulations.
Also speaking was Laura Miccile of King County Emergency Medical Services, who said they’re glad a publicly accessible AED helped save a life – if you know of a public place that does NOT already have one, go here to find out how to change that. WSF says its Life Ring Award is usually only given to employees who save a life, but this is the second time this year that someone from outside the organization has received it – earlier this year, the award was presented to a U.S. Navy nurse who saved a passenger on the ferry Spokane.
7:32 PM: Avoid 16th SW at Morgan (map), where that vehicle went sideways after its driver hit a parked car. He’s being evaluated for possible transport, our crew reports.
8:18 PM: SFD has closed out the call. We will be going by soon to check if the road has reopened yet.
8:51 PM: 16th is open and wrecked SUV is being towed right now.
ADDED THURSDAY MORNING: The driver is under investigation for DUI.
Susan reports brown water at 59th/Spokane. She’s wondering if the work crew on 59th south of Admiral is related and if others are affected. If you ever notice discolored water, be sure to notify Seattle Public Utilities at 206-386-1800.
Up in January … down in December. While checking out something unrelated late today, we discovered the tower crane being removed at the 1307 Harbor SW mixed-use project site (aka “where Alki Tavern used to be”). This means West Seattle has only two tower cranes in use right now – one at The Foundry (northeast corner of Fauntleroy/Edmunds), the other at the PCC Community Markets (WSB sponsor)/Luna Apartments site (2749 California SW).
3:26 PM: Thanks to Steve for the photo and tip: Retired fire trucks are staging in the Genesee Hill area right now to get ready to travel the neighborhood tonight for the Fire Truck Food Drive, collecting nonperishable food for Union Gospel Mission. If you’re in the area where they’re collecting tonight, you should have received a notice – Steve says the trucks will travel “the streets from 50th – 44th, between Genesee and Hinds.” Santa will be along for the ride too. Tomorrow night, he says, they’ll be collecting in Belvidere. We’re checking for more information on that; tonight’s collections will be between 5 and 8 pm, Steve says.
5:36 PM: We went over to Genesee Hill to find out more. There, we met Steve:
He explained that he bought the fire trucks for use in his construction business – watering down sites, for example – and then realized they could be used for more. Like gathering donated food!
This is the first year he’s done this and he hopes to make it a holiday-season tradition around the region.
UPDATED LATE WEDNESDAY NIGHT: Steve says, “It was a successful night tonight” and that they hope to follow this route on Thursday night: “42nd to 40th from Hanford down to Manning. AND 39th to 37th from manning to Olga.” Same time frame as far as we know – 5 to 8 pm – but we’ll doublecheck.
1:03 PM: Thanks to Kersti Muul for the tip: Orcas are northbound off south Vashon Island! Let us know if you see them.
3:57 PM: No orca updates but Pia called to let us know about a gray-whale sighting in Elliott Bay!
(WSB photo: LIHI executive director Sharon Lee with the microphone; to her left, C2CCAC member Aaron Garcia and chair Willow Fulton)
By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor
Will Camp Second Chance stay on the Myers Way Parcels past next spring?
That was a major topic at this month’s meeting of the C2C Community Advisory Committee. The city-sanctioned encampment is continuing to transition into a “tiny-house village,” even as it approaches the end of its second official year at 9701 Myers Way S.
(Surfbirds, photographed by Mark Wangerin)
Highlights from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar and Holiday Guide:
DINE-OUT BENEFIT AT ENDOLYNE JOE’S: Any time before 10 pm, dine at Endolyne Joe’s (WSB sponsor) in Fauntleroy and 25 percent goes to benefit the Hi-Liners Musical Theatre, a performing-arts program for youth. (9261 45th SW)
STORY TIME WITH WEST SEATTLE AUTHOR: Kerri Kokias reads from her picture book “Snow Sisters,” 11:15 am at South Park Library. (8604 8th Ave. S.)
WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON MOVIE: At the Senior Center of West Seattle, the 1 pm movie this week is “Gabriel Over the White House,” from 1934. $1 members, $2 nonmembers, free popcorn. (4217 SW Oregon)
EXPLORER WEST OPEN HOUSE: 6:30 pm, prospective families are invited to visit Explorer West Middle School (WSB sponsor) to meet the staff and learn about the school. More info in our calendar listing. (10015 28th SW)
SOUTHWEST DISTRICT COUNCIL: Tonight’s meeting starts with a potluck – bring something if you can. Not required, though. Agenda includes Cindi Barker with what she’s observed in the Design Review Early Community Outreach process‘s first months, and a report on the recent meeting to discuss plans to launch the District 1 Community Network, plus SWDC elections. 6:30 pm at the Senior Center/Sisson Building. (4217 SW Oregon)
DUTCH CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION: Sinterklaas at Tin Dog Brewing, 7-9 pm. “Dutch celebration with cookies, appetizers, and games!” (309 S. Cloverdale)
9:40 AM: Again this year, Alice Kuder and Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices NW Real Estate (WSB sponsor) colleagues Debbie Kerns, John Traweek, and Amelia Scherker are hosting a showing of “The Polar Express” (trailer above) at The Admiral Theater – and they have some tickets available to the public if you RSVP ASAP. The showing is this Saturday (December 8th), 10 am, and you can only attend by reservation through Alice, first-come, first-served – e-mail or call/text her, email@example.com or 206-708-9800.
P.S. from Alice: “We are providing free snacks (cookies, coffee, and hot cocoa) and the concession stand will be open. We will have a Toys for Tots donation barrel at the venue, for anyone who might want to donate.”
LATE WEDNESDAY NIGHT: Alice says all the tickets are spoken for. Have fun!
(SDOT MAP with travel times/ Is the ‘low bridge’ closed? LOOK HERE/ West Seattle-relevant traffic cams HERE)
7:01 AM: Good morning! One problem in our area – a crash blocking the center lane of NB 509 just north of Cloverdale.
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