UPDATE: Gunfire at 24th/Kenyon; ‘stray bullet’ grazes spectator at Southwest Athletic Complex

8:30 PM: Seattle Fire has a “scenes of violence” headed to the Southwest Athletic Complex vicinity for a report of an injured teenager. More details to come.

8:34 PM: While police have confirmed there was gunfire, apparently the teenager was unhurt. … Officers have mentioned another possibly related gunfire scene elsewhere.

8:44 PM: Police at the stadium tell us a person in the stands watching the track meet that’s just ended/ending was grazed by a “stray bullet” – possibly related to the other gunfire scene, which is reported to be somewhere on Holden (we’re headed that way next).

8:49 PM: We’re just arriving at the other gunfire scene and as a commenter says, that’s actually 24th/Kenyon. No injuries reported.

8:54 PM: Photos added. Those markers show where police found casings at the 24th/Kenyon scene.

9:13 PM: Nearby residents tell us that they heard vehicles take off after the gunfire. They also mentioned a report of a street robbery nearby this afternoon; we’re checking on that.

34 Replies to "UPDATE: Gunfire at 24th/Kenyon; 'stray bullet' grazes spectator at Southwest Athletic Complex"

  • Magpie May 17, 2019 (8:43 pm)

    Gunfire over by 24th and Kenyon, police are still on the scene. Happened about 20 minutes ago.

    • Tom May 17, 2019 (9:17 pm)

      Same spot as the shooting about six months ago, near the makeshift memorial right down the hill from Denny International Middle School. This area has turned into a total s***hole, there needs to be something done. Unacceptable.

      • Local May 22, 2019 (5:55 pm)

        Always been like that

  • Riptide May 17, 2019 (8:46 pm)

    I heard gunfire coming from the memorial near Denny, lots of it. 

  • Westhaven May 17, 2019 (9:04 pm)

    Was only a matter of time until this happened again at that corner. Always see sketchy cars hanging out there and empty alchohol bottles scattered around the grass. It’s a shame because hundreds of young school children have to walk past it as it is less than a block from Denny/Chief Sealth. Install some permanent surveillance cameras there already!

    • Neighbor May 17, 2019 (9:30 pm)

      Please note this user is not a representative of Westhaven and is not making comment or speaking on behalf of Westhaven.

  • MJ May 17, 2019 (9:08 pm)

    Hope all is well but this gun business has got to stop!

  • Alki resident May 17, 2019 (9:08 pm)

    Nothing surprises me on 24th and Kenyon anymore.

  • Neighbor May 17, 2019 (9:09 pm)

    Any updates?

    • Track runner May 18, 2019 (12:18 pm)

      Well. I wasn’t grazed it hit me dead on in my left leg, it went through 5 layers i was wearing and for some reason didn’t pierce my skin. but always count your blessings out of prob 200+ people it hits me in that crowd, crazy.then should change the location of that meet. 

      • ACG May 18, 2019 (2:33 pm)

        Wow. So glad you are okay. 

      • Old dog May 19, 2019 (3:31 pm)

        Bullet proof leg or just muscle of steel .

  • John May 17, 2019 (9:32 pm)

    This is the second time in the past 12 months there has been some sort of gun violence at the corner of 24th and Kenyon. Something needs to change. I can’t even walk my dog without getting harassed by the people who hang out down there. 

  • Magpie May 17, 2019 (9:34 pm)

    Crime scene tape is down and I think the police have left. Damage to a few cars that were on the street from bullets. 

  • Percival Stirling May 17, 2019 (10:13 pm)

    25 rounds recovered at 24th and Kenyon. Some shots hit a van on 24th one going through the windshield. I have taken some images from the scene as well. This is a real problem this corner because I remember having problems getting past it on Saturday evening with the same sketchy characters that other people have talked about. They sit there drinking and they do not want to let you through. This has to stop we need to get all over this so this doesn’t happen again. I’m going to talk to the complex on Monday and possibly the police

    • WSB May 17, 2019 (10:17 pm)

      Also of note: Next Tuesday is the monthly West Seattle Crime Prevention Council meeting, a generally much-underutilized opportunity to talk with police, either one-on-one before/after the meeting or in the group (usually rather small). 7 pm at the precinct.

      • Percival Stirling May 17, 2019 (10:54 pm)

         thank you for this info not sure if thank you for this info not sure if we can make it that evening but we’ll try. We have to do something. We live here as well in West Haven and I don’t want anything to happen to my family

  • Jess May 17, 2019 (10:30 pm)

    I’ll be going to that Crime Prevention Council. I live in the Westhaven Apartments and this is not alright. A lot of children in the area.

  • Yma May 17, 2019 (10:48 pm)

    track meet, band practice, football games, baseball, softball -& we have to be worried about being hit by stray bullets? Are you freakin kidding me? 

  • Alki resident May 17, 2019 (10:55 pm)

    It’s time 24th becomes a dead end so cars can’t race through there and shoot up the place. 

  • CBOB May 17, 2019 (11:05 pm)

    So was the person shot while at the stadium, or did they go to they stadium after being shot on Kenyon/24th? Either way, best wishes for a quick recovery. 

    • WSB May 17, 2019 (11:37 pm)

      They were at the stadium when a bullet “grazed” them and police theorized it was a “stray” bullet related to the other scene.

      • Track coach May 18, 2019 (11:46 am)

        He was ok. Walked away from the incident. Definitely got lucky and a scary situation. 

        • Phillips May 18, 2019 (12:20 pm)

          Thanks coach, cool to see u on here 😂

  • WW Resident May 18, 2019 (4:35 am)

    Remember this when it’s time to vote. The regressive city council is not the only ones that need to go. Pete Holmes and Dan Satterberg also need to be ousted

    • WiseWoman May 19, 2019 (3:21 am)

      Absolutely, I concur! You are 100% correct. They wrongfully prosecute victims and let those who are guilty out on Personal Recognizance or bail. 

  • Quora May 18, 2019 (6:55 am)

    Hm. Makes you wonder why this area wasn’t included in the SPD Summer Emphasis Program. You know, the one that Council Member Gonzalez immediately called for a review on, along with the ACLU, as they drummed up some excuse as to why fighting crime is now an issue of the potential violation of civil liberties? Good work Gonzalez. And don’t get me started on Herbold. My point is, why has fighting crime become so difficult in this city? 24th and Kenyon is KNOWN as a crime hot spot, yet our City Clowncil has neutered our police force to the extent that very straight forward crime prevention models (like the Summer Emphasis Program) get bogged down in complex civil rights reviews? I understand the SPD was in hot water for years because of the determination that they were immersed in a culture of repetitive civil rights violations. You know what? It shouldn’t be controversial that if you are going to commit crimes against your law abiding tax paying neighbors and community members, that you will forfeit some of your civil rights protections. Drain the Sawant 2019.

    • Nolan May 22, 2019 (12:05 pm)

      Can you articulate precisely how the council has “neutered” the police force? This talking point comes up consistently in comments — and only comments — and I’m very curious what you think constitutes “neutering”.

  • Ellen May 18, 2019 (9:06 am)

    It is fortunate that somebody was only grazed by a bullet. Had it been a few inches different, well….I fear that this will make light of the situation in the minds of youth who were there. I teach at a feeder school to Denny. I probably have some of the younger siblings of those teenagers who are committing crimes like this.  This violence is being passed down to younger kids who suffer from the trauma of witnessing it in their childhood.  Fortunately the scale of this hasn’t reached the proportions of some other cities. We can still improve the community through action and supporting places that offer shelter and counseling. 

  • Zark00 May 18, 2019 (12:12 pm)

    Maybe if guns weren’t so readily available and dirt cheap. Nah, let’s not do anything, let’s just claim these are all illegally procured weapons, and no measure of gun control will have any impact. Thoughts and prayers people, that’s all the 2nd amendment wackadoodles can offer, thoughts and prayers after their penis replacements kill someone.

  • neighbor May 21, 2019 (3:20 pm)

    A bullet flew 6 blocks through 2 schools

    • WSB May 21, 2019 (4:33 pm)

      Direct line, it’s two blocks. Certainly possible, per a variety of sources.

  • Imsorrydave May 22, 2019 (8:19 am)

    Great to see that SPD still hasn’t done anything a year later. I posted this a year ago before there were shooting, and go figure, now there have been two. Glad I moved out of Westhaven when I could.

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