WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Gunfire on West Marginal Way

Police were investigating a report of gunfire on West Marginal Way around 3 pm. We asked for information and just got their summary:

Officers responded to a shooting near Highland Park Way SW and W Marginal Way SW. Upon arrival, they located the victim and his vehicle. The victim’s vehicle had three bullet holes in it. The victim stated he observed drivers of two older sedans racing each (other) from the Chelan Cafe heading southbound on W Marginal Way SW. The victim, who was not involved in the racing, stated that when he caught up to one of the vehicles he confronted the driver and passenger about the reckless driving. Heated words were exchanged between all parties and ended when both the driver and passenger of the Honda Civic shot at the victim’s vehicle. The suspects then fled the scene heading southbound toward Tukwila. Shell casings were recovered at the scene and a bullet fragment from the victim’s vehicle. No injuries to the victim.

14 Replies to "WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Gunfire on West Marginal Way"

  • hj June 24, 2022 (5:47 pm)

    The victim, who was not involved in the racing, stated that when he caught up to one of the vehicles he confronted the driver and passenger about the reckless driving. 

    I wonder what the expected outcome was here.

    • WSB June 24, 2022 (5:53 pm)

      Before we get too critical, there is no elaboration on what “confronted” refers to. Could have been something as simple as reflexively flipping them off or otherwise gesturing.

    • Duh June 24, 2022 (5:55 pm)

      Gunfire seems illogical 

    • 2cents June 24, 2022 (7:08 pm)

      Ummm, not to get shot? Since when does confronting a person make it okay for someone to shoot you? Context is important, as it was said, details of what this confrontation actually was are unknown so we don’t know what actually occurred – but I would hope you don’t think being confronted by a person makes it okay for you to just pull the trigger on them if your life wasn’t in jeopardy.

  • Rhonda June 24, 2022 (6:02 pm)

    A bit of advice from a career law enforcement officer: PLEASE do not confront scofflaws and traffic violators in any way. Many of these perpetrators are also violent criminals and will even ram OUR  vehicles, throw objects at us, assault us, shoot at us, etc. If they’ll do that to us, what do you think they’ll do to you? Call 911, get license plate numbers, take video, etc, but do NOT confront such individuals. This could have easily ended in a homicide.

  • AMC June 24, 2022 (6:15 pm)

    I drove through right after this happened. How many road rage shootings have there been within this vicinity in the past 6-12 months? It feels like we are living in a war zone. 

    • Jethro Marx June 24, 2022 (10:49 pm)

      I’ll mark you down as, “never been in a warzone.”

      • AMC June 24, 2022 (11:40 pm)

        Wrong actually. 

  • Mr J June 24, 2022 (6:24 pm)

    For as many law and order/ Sara Nelson supporters that comment on here ya’ll are crazy getting in and out of West Seattle, it’s not Mad Max, relax and drive responsibly. 

    • Amused June 25, 2022 (6:49 am)

      It’s probably more likely that the racers/shooters aren’t politically active one way or the other and don’t vote at all.

  • Auntie June 24, 2022 (6:48 pm)

    Maybe when you see people misbehaving in a big way (i.e. illegally) you take note of their license plate #, call 911 and move along. These bad actors won’t hesitate to involve you in their nasty drama.

  • Marcus June 24, 2022 (6:54 pm)

    Never confront these road racers, they do not care about the general public and it does not surprise me that if they are carrying a gun they will use it.

  • tim June 24, 2022 (7:10 pm)

    I expect the cops will have these dunces apprehended in a day or two. To the victim, thanks for trying to protect the rest of us from this kind of scum, but please be more careful next time. Hope you are ok.

  • batgurrl June 25, 2022 (10:55 am)

    I learned the lesson to not gesture or aggravate someone driving recklessly.  In my case the driver was in a near new Range Rover.  Here is my story as a warning to all.I was headed west on 405 when a big black SUV started to tailgate me.  I decided it was best to stay in the fast lane because I head up 518 to Burien to get home.  The 405/5 interchange is messy at best at 5pm.  He continued to tailgate me aggressively even though there was a lot of traffic.  So I did what we learned in the 60s & 70s to tap my brakes and basically say hey back off.  He started to get more aggressive.Then we got past 405/5 interchange and still a bit of traffic.  I was now slowing down a bit to try to get him to go away.  At about where 99 crosses over he passed me in the right lane.  I flipped him the bird.What happened next almost killed me.  He pulled in front of me and slammed on his brakes at 50mph.  Thank god I have driven many vehicles and know mine well.  I was able to avoid him, spinning out and ending up in the guard rail.At the end of the freeway there he was next to him.  OH S–T.  He was shouting at me and was beat red.  He asked me if I wanted to get out and fight.  WTF.I got home and got online to report it but first read the State Patrol info on what to do when tailgated.  The new advice is to get away from them.  Do not brake, do not slow down & do not flip them off.  NOT Worth it!!  One last thing.  I know who he is.  He owns a business in Renton and is pretty damn affluent. Just don’t say anything or do anything.  Get away from these people, they might seem like they are not thugs but road rage comes in all forms and in all types of people.

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