CRIME WATCH FOLLOWUP: Police arrest suspect in Alki shooting

(WSB photo, Sunday)

10:30 AM: Seattle Police have arrested a suspect in last Sunday morning’s Alki Beach shooting. Gang Unit detectives arrested the 21-year-old suspect in Snohomish County on Wednesday, according to this morning’s announcement, which says he was booked into King County Jail for investigation of assault. The shooting early Sunday sent a 21-year-old man to the hospital with a gunshot wound. Another man, who tried to help the victim after what was described as a robbery attempt, also was taken to the hospital with other injuries. We’ll update when we find out more about the suspect.

12:14 PM: Looks like the suspect’s bail hearing won’t be until tomorrow. He does not appear to have a felony record, at least according to what public records are showing so far.

44 Replies to "CRIME WATCH FOLLOWUP: Police arrest suspect in Alki shooting"

  • Alki resident February 6, 2020 (10:33 am)

    This is incredible news. Another douche bag off of our streets. 

    • alki_2008 February 7, 2020 (12:30 pm)

      Yeah, but for how long?  It doesn’t seem like our local court system cares about keeping criminals in jail. Maybe the shooter will just say that he was defending himself, like the stabber on Harbor a few years back, and then he won’t even get prosecuted.

  • Guy Olson February 6, 2020 (11:13 am)

    I wonder how the victim with the GSW is doing. It was a very serious wound!

    • WSB February 6, 2020 (12:06 pm)

      I wish I knew but we still don’t have his name so I can’t check with the hospital.

  • Me February 6, 2020 (11:52 am)

    Awsome  work spd

  • TJ February 6, 2020 (12:19 pm)

    Arrested in Snohomish County. Another suspect in a high profile incident on Alki that you can bet isn’t from here. Alki attracts all kinds of people, but its past time to keep the riff raff out. 

    • Jess February 6, 2020 (12:30 pm)

      What do you mean by “not from here?” It sounds like you are suggesting that the shooter is an immigrant. If that is what you are saying, you have no idea if that is true and statistically immigrants are less likely to commit crimes than non-immigrants. Let’s not go around spreading unfounded information.

      • Alki resident February 6, 2020 (1:14 pm)

        Jess- it was pretty clear TJ meant Snohomish county which is quite a drive from here. Not everything is about immigrants. 

      • WSLover February 6, 2020 (1:15 pm)

        Jess, his comment starts out  “Arrested in Snohomish County.”  The commenter is pointing out that while crime took place in West Seattle the arrest was made in an entirely different county.  At no point is any comment made about the suspect being an immigrant.  Your accusation is what is unfounded here, not anything written by the original commenter.  

      • Rumbles February 6, 2020 (1:24 pm)

        “Not from here” — Judging that this article is on a West Seattle (WSB) news source and the perp was found in Snohomish County it would appear the commenter is making an assumption that the perp lives in Snohomish County.   Thus, they are… not from here (ie West Seattle, or Alki).  

      • waikikigirl February 6, 2020 (1:37 pm)

        OMGoodness I read TJ’s comment as meaning not from the surrounding City/County “Seattle/Burien/Rainier District… not meaning an “immigrant” like from another Country.Geez take it easy everyone!

      • JustVisiting February 6, 2020 (2:54 pm)

        Look at Jess making things up. Clearly he meant from out of town. 

    • Anne February 6, 2020 (1:37 pm)

      What a ridiculous statement to make-riff raff???just exactly how would you determine who is riff-raff? Keep folks out?? I thought this was a free country -pretty sure that includes Alki.

      • Rosco February 7, 2020 (6:17 am)

        Right, Alki does not belong to West Seattle only! 

      • Alex S. February 7, 2020 (10:55 am)

        The freedom we all enjoy will eventually be compromised if serial criminals are allowed to continue on a free-for-all, unfettered by a legal system which does little more than slap them on the wrist.  With freedom comes responsibility, and responsibility is definitely lacking in the criminal gang “community”

    • Elle Nell February 6, 2020 (4:52 pm)

      What is this, elementary school? Grow up.  So sad, how much WS has changed…. 

  • HappyOnAlki February 6, 2020 (12:38 pm)

    So TJ, how would you do that? Checkpoints at Harbor Ave? Passports to cross the bridge?

    • Airwolf February 6, 2020 (2:13 pm)

      They could also add a “No riff raff allowed” under the Welcome to west seattle sign

  • Heidi Carchano February 6, 2020 (12:46 pm)

    Only assault and not attempted murder? 

    • WSB February 6, 2020 (1:02 pm)

      This is what the suspect is being held for investigation of – not necessarily what he’ll be charged with, if he’s charged, is up to prosecutors, and may not be until next week.

  • TJ February 6, 2020 (2:46 pm)

    Well the city could start being proactive in creating a much larger police presence in the summer months in particular. Each year they seem to be reactive by only adding police after a shooting. And the police need to actually enforce some laws, like smoking marijuana in plain sight down there. I gave up on going to Alki during the spring and summer about 5 years ago. I did go to a get together at Dukes this past July, and at dark you could see the crowd and vibe was different. Underage kids smoking weed off the bike path. Enforce these and the wrong crowd won’t be as easily enticed to come down there. 

    • Mark47n February 6, 2020 (2:58 pm)


      • Alex S. February 7, 2020 (10:57 am)

        …and your guns and your killing and your no-snitching that leads to more gunfights in public spaces that injure and kill innocent bystanders!  

    • alki_2008 February 6, 2020 (4:01 pm)

      How does additional police presence during the spring/summer have anything to do with this particular shooting, which occurred on the 2nd of February?
      The police do have more of a presence in Alki in the summer. And why do you presume to know what type of presence there is when you say you haven’t been to Alki in the past 5 years?

    • Lagartija Nick February 6, 2020 (4:51 pm)

      “And the police need to actually enforce some laws”. Like registering your vehicles/businesses in a different jurisdiction in order to evade paying taxes? Those kind of laws? 

      • CandrewB February 6, 2020 (6:35 pm)

        Local police wouldn’t investigate simple tax evasion. That would be city, county, or state compliance regulators. It’s mostly a civil infraction. If it leads to something larger they’d bring in SPD to make the local arrest but the audit agencies or state investigators are digging into the financials.

    • Seriously? February 7, 2020 (8:49 am)

      So, TJ, you saw Reefer Madness, too!? That flick is high-larious! However, like the flick, your assertion that crime issues stem from kids smoking marijuana is absurd at the least and misguided at best. Maybe you should find a quiet place on the beach one night and smoke a joint – you might calm down and feel better.

  • So and So February 6, 2020 (5:27 pm)

    Said gsw victim is making a recovery.  Not giving out too much more info than that.  Thank you for your concerns.  He was at the wrong place at the wrong time.  He isnt included in that label of “riff raff” just an fyi.  Just a kid innocently hanging out with some friends who are going down a much different path.   The victim isnt a trouble maker, drug user, or gang member.  As for the other people I wont speculate.  This sad incident has definitely changed some lives.  The victim will be effected by this for the rest of his life.  Thank you for respecting his privacy. The detectives in this matter we’re speedy in their investigation and we are grateful. I made an earlier comment that they weren’t doing their job but they just didn’t have certain info.

    • Guy February 7, 2020 (11:08 am)

      A friend and I were there to help him about two minutes after he was shot, we ran over right after I called 911 to tell them the address and situation. He is so young, I’m so happy he made it. Please tell him is one tough young man!!

      • So and So February 8, 2020 (5:28 am)

        Thank you for helping him.  Without you he would of bled out and died.  Our family thanks you from the bottom of our hearts .  I will tell him what you said.  He is an amazing boy and didnt deserve this.  

  • So and So February 6, 2020 (5:38 pm)

    Also I want to add that it won’t matter how many police are in any area.  There will always be some idiot out there who can’t fight or can’t handle a firearm correctly that is willing to just kill/harm someone or use it irresponsibly.  If you feel the need to carry a gun don’t be an idiot.  Simple.

  • Friend O'Dinghus February 6, 2020 (6:22 pm)

    Once again, thank you SPD for all you do for our community. Also, to all, please be aware of trolls who employ techniques such as despair peddling, and/or lobbing a metaphorical hand grenade into the discourse. Maybe they really feel this way, or maybe they are victims of repeated trolling themselves, but it matters not their motives. The effect is what is detrimental. In the old days, when these sorts of intentional/unintentional provocations took place, the standard response was to smile/nod/disengage/distance. Best wishes to you all!

  • TJ February 6, 2020 (7:01 pm)

    Yep LJ, 4 cars now registered in Spokane County. And I openly encourage friends and family to do the same since it is quite easy. But avoiding obnoxious out if control taxes and public safety measures are 2 separate things so please try to stay on track 

    • CAM February 6, 2020 (11:04 pm)

      Please give us some more advice on tax evasion and civic irresponsibility while talking about what the government owes you. 

      • Alex S. February 7, 2020 (11:04 am)

        Here’s what’s even more ridiculous about TJ’s backwards approach to paying for local infrastructure: Western Washington taxpayers are already heavily subsidizing the eastern part of the state.  I guess he thinks they need an even larger piece of the pie by paying car tabs over there.  Classic Republican “thinking.” 

    • zark00 February 7, 2020 (8:56 am)

      Sound liek criminals like TJ are the riff raff we need to keep away from Alki.  I mean if you’re willing to blatantly break the law, rip of your friends and neighbors, and brag about it – what else are you capable of?

    • Dingus February 7, 2020 (8:37 pm)

      Wait a minute.  You are complaining about a lack of police presence but actively avoiding paying taxes?  You can’t have both. 

  • Mandy February 6, 2020 (7:39 pm)

    I grew up in Mukilteo, and when a whole bunch of crime started happening at the beach at the bottom of the hill in Mukilteo (near the ferry), they made the parking lot a paid parking lot;  just charging for parking helped eliminate a lot of the seedy activity at the park. Not saying it’s a solution for everything but maybe it could help? Charging for parking?

    • BigB February 7, 2020 (7:16 am)


    • wscommuter February 7, 2020 (9:19 am)

      No; not brilliant.  Converting public parking at a municipal park to pay-to-park as a way to drive away economically challenged people because a small minority of those people are stupid/violent is equally moronic and unjust.  We live in a city.  Crime happens.  Alki is an attraction to all, including knuckleheads.  Crime is going to happen at Alki.  The police actually do a pretty damn good job of patrolling Alki, but they can’t be everywhere all the time.       

    • alki_2008 February 7, 2020 (12:41 pm)

      Charge for parking so that less people are there. Even more effective would be a curfew, so people wouldn’t be there at all. But wait, the beach already has that.  No one should be on the beach after 11pm, or maybe it’s 11:30pm.  Either way, no one should’ve been on the beach at 2:30am.  Not trying to blame the victims!  Just trying to point out that making rules to tell people the shouldn’t be somewhere wouldn’t have prevented this incident..Many of the public parking spaces along the beach are used by apartment residents. There are some buildings that don’t even have 1 parking spot per apartment. And the parking is used by customers of the local businesses. Charging for parking will just hurt those businesses. They already have enough trouble getting business in the long winter months, so you want to make things even harder for them by making their customers pay for parking. And no, they cannot survive by relying on people that live within walking distance.

  • Richard Maloney February 7, 2020 (3:21 am)

    Sadly, a lot of bad things, and relatively few good things, happen outside our homes between midnight and dawn.

  • Me February 7, 2020 (2:02 pm)

    Current status: Bail deniedSome people under investigation, aren’t always in a jail cell crappin their county jail issued panties, while they await formal charges. I am glad the investigators determined this is critical enough to remove the guy from free to roam the streets status.

    • WSB February 7, 2020 (2:08 pm)

      His bail hearing hasn’t happened yet. 2:30 pm. We’ll have the documents and info later in the afternoon.

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