WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Fairmount Park-area gunfire (updated with details); car prowl; dumped-likely-stolen bicycle

Three notes in West Seattle Crime Watch this afternoon:

GUNFIRE: We’ve been trying all day to get the police report on this but haven’t yet succeeded. Multiple readers reported hearing gunfire in the Fairmount Park area around 11:15 pm last night. No shooting victims were reported but police apparently found some evidence, as the call was classified “drive-by shooting” with the address listed as 5400 block of Fauntleroy Way SW. If we get the report in the hours ahead, we’ll add details here.

(Updated Friday morning) Just got the police-report narrative from SPD:

At approximately (11:19 pm) I was dispatched to a Shots Fired call … Upon arrival, I performed an area check at Fairmount Playground and found no individuals or suspicious circumstances inside the playground.

(Another officer) located three 40mm shell casings in the middle of the roadway in the 5200 block of Fauntleroy Way SW. The shell casings were photographed and bagged into evidence.

No visible damage in the surrounding area was noticed.

I spoke with Witness (redacted) who stated he was walking with dog when he saw an individual in a moving vehicle fire a gun out of the driver-side window at approximately (11:18 pm) (and) stated the driver of the vehicle was aiming straight up into the air and fired 3 rounds out of the driver-side window. (Witness) stated the driver appeared to be the only individual in the vehicle and drove away heading northbound on Fauntleroy Way Sw.

(Witness) described the driver as a heavy-set Latino with light skin, a bald / shaved head, between 36-42 years old, and wearing a white t-shirt.

(Witness) described the vehicle as an older white Chrysler 300 with a tinted back window and cheap silver rims (but) did not get the license plate of the vehicle.

CAR PROWL: From Sean:

As I was taking my son to school today, i found my car ransacked. We live on the corner of SW Thistle and 35th Ave SW. It was unlocked, so nothing broken.

Our other car was gone through in late summer – they took the packet with our registration/ title that time.

Today the trunk and all doors were left ajar, and contents of the glove box and center console were strewn everywhere.

I had a bottle of prescription meds taken, and loose change… i don’t think anything else was taken. Please remember to lock your doors!

DUMPED-LIKELY-STOLEN BICYCLE: The photo and report are from Lee:

I recently found this bicycle with child seat attached in the Fauntleroy Neighborhood. It was parked in the back parking lot of the Fauntleroy Schoolhouse on Sunday night (10/17) It is a blue Trek brand, Gary Fischer edition bicycle with front suspension and bontrager tires. I would like to make sure it gets back to its rightful owner as long as they can provide confirmation with a serial number to match the bike, a key that unlocks the still attached U-lock, or other proof of ownership.

I can be reached at fauntleroycaretaker@gmail.com.

11 Replies to "WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Fairmount Park-area gunfire (updated with details); car prowl; dumped-likely-stolen bicycle"

  • Reed October 21, 2021 (6:26 pm)

    Check to see if the bike is registered on Bike Index. The serial number is on the bottom bracket between the crank arms.https://bikeindex.org/

  • The King October 21, 2021 (7:52 pm)

    The last four times my truck was broken into I only had the doors locked once and it cost me $450 in parts, they broke the drivers side lock and handle assembly. I have absolutely nothing in my vehicles, not even registration or insurance cards. I disable the vehicles through various means. I do have a very loud firecracker with strings on each end, one end secured to the console and one string to the 50 cent piece. It’s the only satisfaction I get seeing the ashes from the firecracker after the thieves had a look. 

  • HD October 21, 2021 (10:57 pm)

    Gunfire happened right next to my house. A$$holes fired right into a dark park. Anyone could’ve been walking in there. I’ve contact SPD countless times about the rise in crime in the park. And they don’t care. This is next to an elementary school. Pretty sad SPD. 

    • WSB October 22, 2021 (9:41 am)

      I just got the narrative information early this morning, adding it now.

    • CAM October 22, 2021 (10:55 am)

      I counted 7 shots, not 3 like the update. You?

      • CL October 23, 2021 (12:58 pm)

        I counted 7 shots rapid fire pistol shots (a-bit faster than 2 shots per second), then heard a vehicle speed away. It is possible an echo caused me to double count?40mm shells is also surprising, 40 caliber is more believable from what I heard.my guess at the time was 7 shots from a 9mm or 40cal pistol, based on the sound and fire rate.To fire 3 40mm shells that fast you’d need an MGL or something similar, which seems very unlikely. 

      • S.A. October 23, 2021 (1:02 pm)

        Same, I also heard 7 shots.

    • Mel October 23, 2021 (8:41 pm)

      And what do you propose the 7 (if that) officers on shift for 17 square miles do about it? Sit at the park? There are things going on everywhere. A lot of us would like more police presence. 

  • Torid October 22, 2021 (8:05 am)

    Our passenger side door lock core was punched in Tues nIght/wed morn. Seems like someone was doing the rounds- we live close to 35th n thistle. I did an online police report.

  • Sarah Airhart October 22, 2021 (8:21 am)

    If you lock your doors the window will be smashed. I leave my car totally empty except for all the sand and dirt my dogs track in :)

  • bill October 23, 2021 (9:37 pm)

    I’m two blocks from the park, with nearly line of sight up on the hillside. I heard seven shots, very crisp and fast and identical, no echoes. I agree 40 mm makes no sense, that’s a cannon. 0.40″ is a handgun.

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