WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Westcrest Park gunfire; apartment break-in attempt; mystery bullet hole

9:14 PM: Two incidents in West Seattle Crime Watch. Both summaries are from reports filed by police:

WESTCREST PARK GUNFIRE: This was reported on Tuesday in the vicinity of the south parking lot (not the same one that was the subject of our story last week). Here’s what the narrative from the police report says happened: Officers were called to a report of a fight just before 5 pm. While they were on the way, there was a report of gunshots fired. When they arrived in the lot, a woman told them she had heard multiple people fighting, then saw an older silver sedan with a broken windshield drive out of the lot, with a passenger who, a witness told police, was someone “shown in ‘Crime Watch’ for alleged catalytic-converter thefts.” She then heard gunfire. Two other people provided similar accounts. After searching the area for a while, officers found what the report describes as “four 9mm bronze shell casings within several feet of each other on the driveway linking the parking lot and its vehicle entrance/exit.” No victims, or damaged property, was found.

SECURITY GUARD DEPLOYS TASER: Someone at the Springline Apartments (3220 California SW) called 911 just before 4 am and said someone was trying to break into her apartment. When officers arrived, an on-site security guard told them there had been, according to the report, “problems in the building with a person banging on people’s doors and screaming in the hallways.” While talking with the original 911 caller in her apartment, the guard told police, someone again tried the door, and he opened it and found a suspect – another tenant. The guard tried to detain the suspect for police but, he said, she hit, kicked and pushed him, so he used his Taser on her. That didn’t have much effect, he said, so he tried again – she fell but then got up and ran into her apartment nearby. Police were unable to get the suspect to open the door and eventually left.

ADDED 9:42 PM – MYSTERY BULLET HOLE: Just got one more police report, so we’re adding it. A resident in the 6400 block of 31st Ave SW called police after finding a mystery bullet hole in his car. He said his car had been parked there since noon yesterday; at 5 pm today, the report says, he “drove to the White Center area to buy groceries, and when he returned home, the victim noticed a bullet hole in his rear driver’s side door. The bullet passed through his driver’s-side door and lodged in the rear passenger side door. The bullet was collected for evidence. Unknown where the shots were fired.”

5 Replies to "WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Westcrest Park gunfire; apartment break-in attempt; mystery bullet hole"

  • StopCuttingDownTrees July 28, 2021 (10:00 pm)

    So, the police arrived after the security guard was a victim of domestic violence/battery (the suspect and victim live/work together), but SPD left after the perpetrator simply refused to answer the door? Why do we even pay taxes for police, then?

    • WSB July 28, 2021 (10:13 pm)

      No, the suspect and victim do not live together – aside from having apartments in the same building.

  • TC July 29, 2021 (6:04 am)

    I saw an older white Infiniti with total windshield damage near 9th and Henderson on Monday morning. Not sure if that’s the car from the Watercrest park incident.

  • trickycoolj July 29, 2021 (9:48 am)

    Huh we thought we heard gunshots near 6400 31st on Tuesday night around midnight. I don’t bother calling anything in anymore. 

  • Greg Goldstein July 29, 2021 (9:00 pm)

    I wonder if other residents will have to put up with that tenant. Seems you can do anything and get away with it if you just… go home and close your door?

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