UPDATE: Man shot in South Delridge

(WSB photos)

3:24 PM: Police are investigating a shooting in the 9400 block of 16th SW [map]. They say 1 man is hurt. No one in custody yet. Updates to come.

3:39 PM: We’ve talked briefly with police at the scene. They believe this was a drive-by shooting. No clear vehicle description yet. So far they don’t believe it was random. The victim is being transported to Harborview Medical Center via SFD Medic 32.

4:05 PM: Both precinct commander Capt. Pierre Davis and operations Lt. Steve Strand were among the police at the scene, and have talked with us. The victim was shot outside of a business building on the west side of 16th SW, which is currently closed for the investigation. According to a short update just posted to SPD Blotter, he was hit in the back.

4:19 PM: Initial information from SFD – which could change – is that the victim is about 30 years old and was in serious condition when transported.

4:29 PM: 16th SW is reopening.

45 Replies to "UPDATE: Man shot in South Delridge"

  • Bob March 25, 2019 (3:33 pm)

    • WSB March 25, 2019 (3:35 pm)

      Yes, TV helicopters, according to our crew just arriving at the scene.

  • DK March 25, 2019 (3:35 pm)

    Guardian One is out!

    • WSB March 25, 2019 (3:44 pm)

      We’re only seeing TV helicopters (both were there and now it’s down to one).

    • dk March 25, 2019 (4:10 pm)

      Ah yes, my bad…GO is often the one that responds down here, I just assumed when I heard it…apologies to all.  Unfortunately, its such a common sound these days…

  • liz March 25, 2019 (3:38 pm)

    Is this going to be a weekly event in this area? wtf…..

    • Natalya March 26, 2019 (10:07 pm)

      Duh what you thought this was ? Fun n games ?

  • MDW March 25, 2019 (3:52 pm)

    I can’t keep up it… seems since he weather got warm serious violent crime incidents have been a daily occurrence.   There has got to be a connection between some of the shootings, stabbing, robberies, arson…

  • Andrea March 25, 2019 (3:52 pm)

    Liz – agreed. What the hell is going on around here?? Are we in some sort of bad mojo vortex?

  • Andrea March 25, 2019 (3:53 pm)

    Agreed, Liz. What is going on around here? Are we in some sort of bad-mojo-vortex??

  • NotOnHolden March 25, 2019 (4:12 pm)

    Perfect timing for when kids would be getting off the school bus near there and/or walking home, walking dogs, doing what kids do.

  • J. March 25, 2019 (4:19 pm)

    You must new here :(Unfortunately this is nothing new for this area, and as summer gets closer we are going to see more of it, I’ll suspect. It sucks.

    • A March 25, 2019 (5:43 pm)

      It’s not a regular occurance. It doesn’t turn into a shooting bonanza in the summer. 

  • Bradley March 25, 2019 (4:31 pm)

    That small area is badly troubled and has been so for decades. We don’t go to the Bartell’s or other businesses near there after dark and anytime during the warmer weather. 

  • Renee Thorkelson March 25, 2019 (4:38 pm)

    Any word or indication this could be related to the shooting a couple days ago at the WC Starbucks?

  • bob March 25, 2019 (4:52 pm)

    We really need to have an increase in Seattle police presence in South Delridge, especially in this area closer to White Center

    • Ww March 25, 2019 (9:56 pm)

      I totally agree. 

  • WSresident March 25, 2019 (5:27 pm)

    Welcome to the “Wild Wild West” Seattle

  • Jethro Marx March 25, 2019 (6:02 pm)

    Yes, roughly 8 times a year, someone gets shot in West Seattle/White Center, because people are a selfish, egotistical, and violent species, and it ain’t hard to arm one’s self if one has an extra bit of cash. It’s always been that way. But if you’d like to herald the doom of Seattle, and maybe even mankind, because of this incident, hey, have at it! What did we do to satisfy our desire to spout nonsense/random speculation before the internet?

    • Richard Marx March 25, 2019 (6:57 pm)

      Jethro has a good point. Attempted murder by gun in your neighborhood is no big deal. You should all just accept the lowest bar set by others and stop expecting to set your own standards of living. Especially if you have children or if you frequent that area and support local businesses, or just support the community generally. This is the key to a happy life. 

      • Jethro Marx March 25, 2019 (10:20 pm)

        Thank you for distilling my thoughts into a dumbed-down straw man version, that’s cool! Once we have “set” our standard of living/reality and no longer suffer from crime, can we also dial back the gray, drizzly days a bit? Oh, and I also would like to declare an avocado tree to grow in my yard.

        • Elle Nell March 26, 2019 (8:53 am)

          Thank you Jethro… I always like to say, if you don’t like the neighborhood, you are completely entitled…. oh I for got to say, to love or I meant to move. Ha, either one would make for a stronger community.

          • Groucho Marx March 26, 2019 (11:03 am)

            I’m not getting your point Elle Nell.  Are you suggesting that if someone doesn’t like crime in their neighborhood they should move rather than demand that the police enforce the law?  And that the exodus of people that care about the quality of a neighborhood makes a stronger community?  In any event, I agree with the sentiment of Richard Marx’ sarcastic response.

      • DB Coop March 26, 2019 (8:49 am)

        Richard, you forgot to add the [/sarcasm] ! Jethro doesn’t seem to get it. We are tired of this cr@p and sick of living in a war zone. It doesn’t have to be this way if the city leadership would get off their arses and do something, anything! Even KOMO and Q13 news have been calling the city counsel and mayor out for allowing crime to run rampant and criminals to go unpunished. What does it take? Maybe Jethro can come up with constructive ideas instead of laying down and accepting this fate and calling it the “New Normal”? 

        • Richard Marx March 26, 2019 (6:20 pm)

          Thanks for reading the them of my response @Groucho and @DB Coop. I agree that this is about a standard of concern that should include everyone. I think any casual observer can see crime related activities in the are between Barton and south of Roxbury. And most reasonable people would agree that the outcomes of leaving those behaviors unchecked are not generally positive. Our neighborhood has more and more children and we should take this stuff seriously so that those kids are safe. @Elle Nell – I love my neighborhood and volunteer frequently, I clean up trash regularly, and sunk my life savings into our family home here. I’m not leaving.  Why don’t you leave instead?

    • Dempsey March 25, 2019 (7:16 pm)

      It’s still early Jethro, slow down :) 

    • Rick March 25, 2019 (7:22 pm)

      And yet, here you are.

  • Von/Tom March 25, 2019 (7:07 pm)

    Thank you, Jethro.  Everyone should read stats about other cities, and then promptly figure out how to volunteer her or his time to something that matters here in West Seattle, White Center, Burien or South Park.  We have community here and possibility here.  As James Baldwin noted, “The precise role of the artist, then, is to illuminate that darkness, blaze roads through that vast forest, so that we will not, in all our doing, lose sight of its purpose, which is, after all, to make the world a more human dwelling place. “Let’s work on it.  As busy as we are, with all our demands from family, friends, and finances (the largest pull), we have to stretch to make a community. Or, we can sit back and point fingers and think it is lost.Our choice.

  • Sam-c March 25, 2019 (7:08 pm)

    Was the large police presence at 26th / Roxbury related to this?

    • WSB March 25, 2019 (7:56 pm)

      That apparently was a stabbing at 26th/112th. Will have something on White Center Now soon as I get a chance.

  • JRR March 25, 2019 (7:16 pm)

    That’s my community you’re disparaging. Shootings happen everywhere. The lazy TV news still believes “if it bleeds it leads” and sends a helicopter if the timing is right to play up the lies about poor neighborhoods that keep people from investing and keep others acting afraid.

  • zipda March 25, 2019 (7:37 pm)

    That area is only dangerous on two occasions. Day and night.

    • Natalya March 26, 2019 (10:10 pm)

  • C March 25, 2019 (8:37 pm)

    Heart breaking that this happened so close to Young’s*. That’s so scary!*If you’re in these comments calling this area “scary” I recommend checking it out more often. Or at least grabbing breakfast at Young’s. 

    • Bohic March 26, 2019 (10:57 am)

      The area is a bit scary and I often frequent Young’s and the butcher across the street.   If anything that proves the point with respectable businesses in the area and the string of recent problems in the area.  More police presence is a must.   We can’t accept a society where somebody is shot or stabbed as the normal.  Didn’t there used to be a small police office on the main Street in white center?

  • TJ March 25, 2019 (8:41 pm)

    I am 47 and have lived in West Seattle my entire life, and the same neighborhoods and streets that frequent the blog here for these stories are the same ones that were known for these violent crimes for the last 40 years. Nothing has changed. People complain, just like they did in 1989, but what are they doing to make the neighborhood better? The culture of not assisting and talking to the police in these areas in many of these crimes does not help rhe image or certainly don’t contribute to “investment”. And JRR, how is the media lying about anything in reporting these crimes? Seems to me if they didn’t report on them then they would be accused of not caring about crime in these neighborhoods? 

    • Jim P. March 26, 2019 (7:33 pm)

      “the same neighborhoods and streets that frequent the blog here for these
      stories are the same ones that were known for these violent crimes for
      the last 40 years”Longer than that even:  Mt father spoke of White center being a quaint and charming place with a bad reputation when he was growing up and that’s the 30’s and 40’s.

    • JRR March 26, 2019 (10:03 pm)

      Media exaggerates the actual danger to the public posed by targeted personal circumstances by showing up with a helicopter because it’s a quick trip for dramatic interest. This then feeds into seventy or eighty years of misperceptions based on fear and hatred of poor and brown people.

  • 1994 March 25, 2019 (9:30 pm)

    I hope the victim has a successful recovery, can identify the shooter, and is willing to talk about it. 

  • L in WS March 26, 2019 (9:54 am)

    Everyone, please read Von/Tom’s comment and consider stepping up if you can.

  • liz March 26, 2019 (9:57 am)

    This is really scary stuff. especially when you have small children. I’m not sure what the answer is but it would be nice to see the police taking out some these known drug dealing sites in my neighborhood (white center). I have called the community police office several times and they say they are ‘working on it??’ Meanwhile, there were gunshots right in our alleyway three weeks ago. If anyone has solutions to these problems- please share.

  • T Rex March 26, 2019 (12:56 pm)

    “We can’t accept a society where somebody is shot or stabbed as the normal” Great statement. The worse part though is the fact that these people who are committing these crimes, for them it is normal. Sure we can all get together and attempt to change the  neighborhood , continue to support Young’s and the Live Butcher(I know I will) but until these thugs are either put in jail or killed themselves it will never change. The sad part of this is these people are probably already having children, bringing up the next generations of people just like them.  I don’t understand why people who have seen crap their entire lives cannot work harder to make their own lives better. They always have someone to blame or lame excuses. Not a lot of compassion coming from me, I have been around long enough too long to see too much of it. 

  • 1994 March 26, 2019 (8:01 pm)

    any update available on the condition of the victim or status of the shooter being identified/arrested?

    • 206 March 26, 2019 (10:12 pm)

      he’s paralyzed but he will live . 

  • Linda Johnson March 27, 2019 (11:13 pm)

    No where is safe …ive lived in Seattle all my life …high point,holly park,delridge ,white center ,burien,queen anne,,now I live in capital hill off broadway….i hope the person who got shot will be ok 

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