FOLLOWUP: What preceded Friday night’s West Seattle gunfire

(WSB photo, Friday night)

Back on Friday night, we covered what started as gunfire at 35th/Morgan and continued as a search after suspects ran from a car near Avalon/Genesee. One adult suspect remains in jail, an 18-year-old Auburn man for whom bail was set over the weekend at $75,000. Probable-cause documents in his case say witnesses on Friday night heard gunfire in the alley north of Walgreens – where we photographed the shell-casing markers shown above – just before they saw three people get into a red car that then left the scene. An officer on his way to the gunfire scene spotted the car less than four minutes later; three passengers ran from the car. Two were eventually caught, the 18-year-old suspect and a 17-year-old; the 24-year-old woman who was driving was questioned and released. Documents say the two guns found in the car were.38 caliber and .22 caliber, and the latter matched the caliber of the 19 shell casings found at the original scene. During questioning, police were told this was all preceded by a confrontation at the Delridge ARCO/AM/PM with a man in a black Mercedes who allegedly pointed an “AK-type rifle” at the suspects’ car. The passengers apparently spotted that car at 35th/Morgan and that’s what led to the gunfire there. Though there was one report of someone being hit by gunfiire, to date no evidence of that has been found. We don’t know the status of the 17-year-old suspect, who was booked into juvenile detention, but he’s described in the probable-cause document as a convicted felon. The suspect who was not caught is 18.

24 Replies to "FOLLOWUP: What preceded Friday night's West Seattle gunfire"

  • D April 13, 2020 (4:33 pm)

    I think we need to start doing neighborhood watches again for the neighborhood.  

    • East Coast Cynic April 13, 2020 (6:21 pm)

      And supply them with Kevlar Vests.

    • Huh? April 14, 2020 (1:02 pm)

      The incidents were in broad daylight and the participants were in cars. What kind of neighborhood watch would have helped with any of this? Doesn’t make sense.

  • J April 13, 2020 (5:02 pm)

    fwiw, I keep reading that three passengers ran from the car, but I watched it go down and I could swear there were only two.

  • chemist April 13, 2020 (8:16 pm)

    I sure hope those firearms were transferred with appropriate background checks and weren’t in the car loaded.

    • WSB April 13, 2020 (8:19 pm)

      The .38 revolver had spent casings in it, per the report.

    • WR April 13, 2020 (8:45 pm)

      I sure hope that any of these thugs who are so willing to spray a neighborhood with bullets receive quite a while locked up.  I hope they don’t receive the old Seattle slap on the wrist.  This is so dangerous to all of us.  I believe those responsible for the recent fatal shooting downtown (at the Starbucks on third) had been arrested several times for drive bys.Once again fantastic job SPD!  Thank you.  

  • 1994 April 13, 2020 (8:34 pm)

    19 shell casings found at the original scene – instead of firing your guns why not just drive away ??? Innocent people get killed or maimed from such crazy gun behavior…. like in downtown recently.

    • Center-Isn’t-The-Alt-Right April 13, 2020 (9:02 pm)

      It’s not the “gun’s behavior”. They are inanimate. If you’re trying to blame something other than the human. It’s morals, family experience, role models upbringing, education, et cetera. 

      • Carrie April 13, 2020 (9:41 pm)

        Even a person of very low morals will struggle to shoot 19 bullets without a gun. At least in my experience. 

        • Nora April 14, 2020 (12:01 pm)

          Point being the gun is only the “how,” I think.IMO, the bigger problem is that they seem to have had an opportunity to disengage, and they instead chose to escalate.

          • Zark00 April 14, 2020 (1:02 pm)

            If guns were not so easy to get in the us events like this would happen less feequently. 

          • Bradley April 14, 2020 (8:31 pm)

            Guns aren’t easy to get. Go to a gun store and try to buy one and you’ll understand.

      • Not-knee-jerk April 14, 2020 (1:04 pm)

        Seems you’re sitting waiting for a trigger to spout a gun control meme. Re-read what was posted and give the rest of us a break. It’s our neighborhood, when bullets are fired there’s no need to run to the defense of the NRA with spent slogans.

    • newnative April 14, 2020 (12:25 pm)

      If I’m reading the story correctly, it wasn’t a case of being threatened and then firing at alleged threat. They followed/chased the alleged threatening party. So, it’s not even self-defense in any sense of the word. 

  • Brenda April 13, 2020 (9:29 pm)


  • jissy April 13, 2020 (9:48 pm)

    The driver was  “questioned and released”?  Right, that makes total sense.  NOT!!!

    • WSB April 13, 2020 (10:16 pm)

      Sorry, I didn’t have time to transcribe the entirety of the report narrative. In short, there was no evidence she commited a crime.

      • WW Resident April 14, 2020 (6:46 am)

        Really? Accomplice? 

        • Zark00 April 14, 2020 (1:05 pm)

          Yeah that part sounded weird to me too. I’m thinking there must be more info that explains that and we just dont have it.

  • Thomas M April 14, 2020 (12:59 pm)

    “Catch and release” is NOT the fault of the SPD.  It is driven by the prosecutors and the courts.  All SPD can do is keep running the perps through the system.  

  • Rick April 15, 2020 (7:57 am)

    We gotta teach these people how to shoot!

  • Trudy April 16, 2020 (2:17 pm)

    There has been a big increase in arguments, people having mental health issues and people being where they don’t belong (empty houses, construction sites) along delridge, especially by Brandon where this situation first developed. As a community many of us have frankly given up calling in. I did get a call back the other night to check on a situation and received an apology that officers could not be dispatched yet as none were available. It sucks  being uncomfortable or unable to use your own yard or take your garbage out when you want. The amount of needle caps found daily in our alley has me scanning our parking area before approaching my car. 

  • L Martin April 20, 2020 (6:21 pm)

    CONSIDER:Both weapons in the car had been fired, but  both were not necessarily used in the reported 35th SW street shooting.   According to the report, all 19  shell casings found at the 35th SW/ SW Morgan shooting were .22 calibre. { NINETEEN ! How many .22 calibre weapon manufacturers even produce a maqazine that holds more than 10 cartridges ? |*  The report did not specify why the .38 firearm contained spent shell casings, but it seems clear no spent .38 shell casings were found at that site.   Per consistent government records over  several decades , the preferred calibre of the average hitman is .22, NOT .38,  .9mm., or .45 , etc.  Seems possible, indeed quite likely, that there is much more criminal activity behind this shooting than we are able to perceive or obtain at the moment. We will be watching this case carefully for more developments. ____  *  Of the at least 6 calibres used by Stephen Paddock  ( or found in his home) in the Las Vegas massacre [.223, .308, 9mm, 5.7mm, 12-gauge (shotguns),.357 }, NONE were .22.The April ’95 OKC domestic-terrorist truck bomb that killed 168 innocent citizens was made of a home-made mixture using an easily obtained ammonium-based fertilizer.

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