UPDATE: Man shot at Hamilton Viewpoint Park

8:09 PM: Seattle Fire and Police are responding to a reported shooting at Hamilton Viewpoint Park. Dispatch says a man in his 30s was shot in the shoulder (at) the outlook.”

8:14 PM: Police are reported to be looking for two vehicles. No descriptions yet.

(WSB photos)

8:17 PM: Officers have told dispatch the shooter was on the right passenger side in an “older” silver Honda, armed with a “long gun.” It and an “associated vehicle,” described as “similar type” but black, were believed to have been last seen headed downhill toward Harbor Avenue.

8:37 PM: Added a photo above. Our crew says police have been examining the vehicle in the foreground but we don’t know yet if it’s related at all to the victim (as noted earlier the suspect vehicle[s]’s long gone).

8:44 PM: Police at the scene are not commenting. Meantime, we’re checking with SFD regarding the victim’s condition when transported to the hospital.

9:18 PM: SFD tells us the victim – now described as “approximately 29” – was in stable condition when taken to Harborview. (Archived audio adds the extra detail that he was shot in the left shoulder with a shotgun.)

9:31 PM: One additional detail from SPD spokesperson Det. Valerie Carson – “Sounds like the victim and the suspects had a confrontation/altercation before the shooting.”

11:07 PM: From the SPD Blotter post about this shooting and another (apparently unrelated) shooting elsewhere in the city tonight:

According to the victim and witnesses, a group of several men approached the victim in a car and confronted him. Then, as the suspects left in their car, one of them fired out the window at the victim. Police recovered 12-gauge shotgun shell casings at the scene.

55 Replies to "UPDATE: Man shot at Hamilton Viewpoint Park"

  • Julian August 14, 2022 (8:53 pm)

    Heard the sirens running up California and knew it had to be bad. My first thought is something gang related, but who knows; there are so many crazy folks out here.

  • Rhonda August 14, 2022 (8:58 pm)

    It’ll be interesting to see if the victim was shot in the shoulder or “shot in the shoulder of the park”, as per the text. I feel sorry for the good folks who live at the boundaries of the park.

    • WSB August 14, 2022 (9:08 pm)

      That would be a mistake on my part, the victim was reported shot in the shoulder, at the outlook. Specific area of the outlook shown later when photo came in (and photographer is back now so we should have another photo or two in a bit).

      P.S. (The words I missed adding, listening again to SFD audio, were “in the parking lot at” the outlook.)

      • Neighbor August 15, 2022 (12:23 am)

        Tracy, I appreciate the work you do and your honesty with us, especially when you (rarely!) make a mistake.  We are all human and that willingness to seek and tell the truth is why I keep coming back to WSB.

  • W. Seattle August 14, 2022 (9:22 pm)

    Heard the sirens and wondered why they were rolling heavy. Now I know.. Sundays used to be quiet but it’s a different world these days.

    • what August 16, 2022 (2:40 pm)

      summer weekends up here have always been like this, for as long as I can remember… what world are you living in?

  • Fed up! August 14, 2022 (10:07 pm)

    Our kids, which include my teenage sons, are not safe at school, noted. Our kids are not safe at parks and beaches, noted. Our kids are not safe at shopping malls, noted. Our kids are not safe on-line, noted. We’re all running out of options, 

    • Neighbor August 15, 2022 (12:25 am)

      It’s not easy but all you can do is teach them to defend themselves.  The world is a messy place.  You brought them into it, so teach them how to survive in it.

    • Alki resident August 15, 2022 (7:27 am)

      You’re kids are safe everywhere and you’re putting the fear in them with that attitude. This clearly was a targeted issue. Your family would not have been shot at. In a situation where there’s a active shooter, teach your kids what to do. 

  • seaspades August 14, 2022 (10:53 pm)

    Hamilton has become a bit of an unpatrolled free-for-all where there’s a lot of people just hanging out, letting their pit bulls run unleashed (yes, it did poise to attack my dog just prior to the owner grabbing it so no “don’t blame the breed” please) and just smoking out.  Kind of amazed it didn’t happen sooner.

    • Alki resident August 15, 2022 (11:11 am)

      So, people are hanging out and enjoying the summer weather and no crime is being committed but you wish they patrolled it more? 

      • Charles August 16, 2022 (12:24 pm)

        >no crime is being committedA guy literally just got shot.

  • Sickened Neighbor August 14, 2022 (10:56 pm)

    As a father of two boys under five living close to the park, i am sickened by this news. There has been a sharp increase in the bad activities in the park in the last few years, with street racing, burn outs, doughnuts, and late night fireworks being a regular occurrence. Look folks, the park is doing exactly what it was designed for – to have people park their cars at a pretty view. Couple that with relative privacy and it’s no wonder the park is a magnet for these illegal and dangerous activities.  If we want the bad actors to leave we need to change the park itself and close it to cars altogether. 

    • Anne August 14, 2022 (11:31 pm)

      Your answer is to close the park to cars? So I guess those of us who are  disabled, or senior who can’t walk to the park won’t be able to drive & park & enjoy the beautiful view. That doesn’t seem right. 

    • JM August 15, 2022 (8:18 am)

      Even if you close it off the cars will still come with the bad actors! Last week down on the “closed” Alki Safe street and, no I don’t live there, I walked through there with friends. A black high end sedan with tinted windows had one young person hanging outside their car while the other sat in the passenger side. The girl in the passenger seat dumped her garbage as the young man walked around to get in the driver’s side an elderly women walking by pointed to the trash and he said not mine as he hopped in after watching his friend dump the garbage. She knocked on the darkened passenger window and politely asked the girl to pick up the garbage she had dumped. The girl with a snarl grabbed it and the minute we passed coming from the opposite direction after witnessing the transaction the girl opened the door gave us a menacing look and threw it back down at the curb!!! Then they literally burned rubber speeding down through the “closed” street. Very sad we have turned into a society where our parks and open spaces have been over run by individuals who show complete disregard for anyone but themselves! And now many are carrying weapons as well so a confrontation over litter has the potential to turn deadly in these times we are living. 

      • Antoine August 15, 2022 (2:29 pm)

        Speaking of littering, the other day I saw a car full of bros headed toward Alki from Marginal just throwing bags and bags of trash (Doritos chip bags and the like), as though they’d been storing it up and were dispensing it one bag at a time onto the street. It would be wonderful if people from all over the city could enjoy Alki responsibly. But they don’t. I don’t know why it attracts so many uncivilized people.

  • Ron Collins August 15, 2022 (12:24 am)

    I have lived in the area for 73 years and this is nuts. 

  • Hamilton August 15, 2022 (12:55 am)

    Lived immediately across the street from Hamilton View Point before the pandemic. Once the pandemic hit, bridge closed, Alki was closed(police blocked it off)it became a free for all there at the view point. It became Alki 2.0 and cruising thru the Hamilton Parking lot; just like Alki before 1990’s. I can only imagine what it is like now. Moved from that area since then. Miss the amazing views I had but, not the riffraff of what was going on, across the street. I feel sad for my old neighbors there.

    • Nearby Neighbor August 15, 2022 (8:06 am)

      Sounds like we need more regular patrolling up here now —especially on summer weekends and after the park closes. Lisa Herbold: Approve Mayor Harrell’s recruiting and hiring incentives for SPD! 

  • marcus August 15, 2022 (5:52 am)

    solution-more police presence, patrols, enough police to be proactive rather than just reactive.  There is always going to be bad guys.  police patrols lets them know there is no room for criminal behavor in WS.  Again, the “defund the police crowd” really messed up our community.

    • Freda August 15, 2022 (11:45 am)

      Don’t forget about having enough police to investigate these crimes and catch the suspect and bring them to justice.

    • Jort August 15, 2022 (12:07 pm)

      How much were the Seattle police defunded?    

    • Derek August 15, 2022 (1:20 pm)

      “More cops” are never the answer. “Defund the police” crowd didn’t do anything. The cops did it to themselves when they shot Charleena Lyles and others. Stop messing that up.

      • ltfd August 15, 2022 (11:02 pm)

        You mean defended themselves from a mentally ill attacker with knives?

    • MJ August 15, 2022 (2:51 pm)

      Again, the “seattle police union” really messed up our community.- There I fixed that for you.

  • Mike August 15, 2022 (6:30 am)

    Stop voting for politicians and judges who encourage this behavior.  

    • Derek August 15, 2022 (1:21 pm)

      Which politicians and judges are “encouraging” gun violence? We voted straight up republican style leaders into council/mayor/city attorney last time. THIS is what you get with Harrell and Davison. Rampant gun violence. Vote them out!

      • Mel August 16, 2022 (6:01 am)

        Nice rhetoric but city attorney doesn’t deal with felony related gun crimes. 

        • Derek August 17, 2022 (7:46 am)

          Did I say that anywhere in my post? No.  I believe I was talking about the collective whole of politicians we elected. They were conservative fake liberals. Crime is worse than ever under them. We had less gun violence under a progressive council.

          • Concerned Neighbor August 20, 2022 (7:44 pm)

            Derek,The effects of government take time to play out. Newly-elected leadership will be responsible for our future. The prior council & mayor are responsible for our present.

  • Freda August 15, 2022 (6:47 am)

    West Seattle can no longer ignore the rise in violence. It’s time for a change in our approach. Who will we elect?

    • Levon Berkowitz August 15, 2022 (12:19 pm)

      The last 2 elected mayors were exceptionally disappointing!

    • Jane August 15, 2022 (1:50 pm)

      Hopefully, Jim Ferrell for King County prosecutor. As a lifelong registered Democrat, I no longer care what party someone is a part of. I’m just voting to stop the aggressive decline of our city & state.

      • Jort August 15, 2022 (2:18 pm)

        You are not a “lifelong registered Democrat” because there is no party registration in the state of Washington. 

      • Freda August 15, 2022 (2:50 pm)

        Yes! I believe Us Democrats will start voting for better governance. Prosecutors who prosecute has been a great example. Ferrell for sure. Nyjat for Seattle Community Court is another. Next year a new D1 City Councilmember.

      • Rick August 15, 2022 (4:41 pm)

        Jane, this is absurd. Ferrell is such an awful regressive candidate. Republicans are not the answers to fixing crime. Never have been! That’s what we just elected in Ann Davison and crime is worse than ever under her! Tired of this city voting in conservatives masquerading as democrats! 

        • Jane August 16, 2022 (9:23 am)

          Other than Ann Davison, I have never voted for a republican. I am in my 40’s now and I am definitely voting for Jim Ferrell. I think that a lot more of us Dems might be voting for him than some Seattleites might imagine. I think a lot of us have just had enough of the nonsense policies. No matter what I respect my neighbors. As someone that was born & raised in NY I will also always have respect those that are trying to protect our city, as someone who was in NY on 9/11 and know people who worked on the ground in the days that followed I will always respect law enforcement. 

          • Derek August 17, 2022 (7:50 am)

            Jane, as someone who lived outside Ferguson when Michael Brown was shot, I am someone who understands the distrust of law enforcement. 

  • Kyle Mendoza August 15, 2022 (8:56 am)

    What happened to west Seattle? 

    • Ferns August 15, 2022 (5:45 pm)

      Don’t know, but I was talking about crime with a worker in the Junction and asking about how she felt about her safety given that a la mode pies made it very clear they don’t carry cash after several break-ins with signage. she wasn’t concerned and hadn’t really been paying attention (to be fair she had worked and lived a long time near pike market which may have a higher baseline of crime) but was suspicious that the improvements in rapid bus transportation may be making it easier for people from other communities to get in and out and commit crimes that might otherwise have been harder for them to do in this community. I thought that was a really interesting answer. But I do think a lot of crime we read about is done from personal vehicles, stolen or otherwise. 

  • Swenson, kar August 15, 2022 (9:28 am)

    I remember there was a large metal gate that could stop  cars from entering the park. It’s time to close the park until  mid winter when the rain and darkness returns. It is unfortunate a few have to destroy it for the majority. Seattle needs LEADERSHIP. 

  • Jay August 15, 2022 (11:58 am)

    I moved to an apartment near that park in 2016 and it’s always been pretty sketchy, even more so since the pandemic. The amount of trash left behind by the people who go there to get drunk and party says a lot about the park users. The only surprising part is how long it took for a conflict here to escalate to a shooting.

  • anonyme August 15, 2022 (1:43 pm)

    More police and good leadership are fine goals, but I’m sensing a larger problem.  I’m seeing more and more unhinged behavior from seemingly ‘normal’ individuals, including stroller moms.   Bizarre, violent overreactions to simple, everyday interactions.  I don’t feel safe anywhere where there are people anymore.  From what I hear from friends, this isn’t just happening in Seattle; it’s everywhere.  Our species’ greatest threat is itself.

  • Dave August 15, 2022 (1:56 pm)

    The defund the police movement did not cause this and police presence in response to altercations has been bad before 2020. I’m concerned about the uptick in gun violence over the past few weeks, but it’s reductive to blame it on very specific critiques of a very broken system  On another note – the viewpoint could truly be a lovely park, but is in need of something to revitalize it. Such a large parking lot that’s almost never occupied feels like a poor use of space (not saying no parking, just that allocating 100% of the usable land in the park to concrete feels off). 

    • Admiral neighbor August 15, 2022 (4:06 pm)

      I totally agree that the park needs a change. The parking lot is enormous and always empty. If there was only one entrance and the parking cut in half, it would make a huge difference. If there was a playground added, entirely different crowds would be drawn to the park. Is there a way to start a petition for a change to this park??

      • WSB August 15, 2022 (5:52 pm)

        We’ve reported a couple times on the West Seattle Dog Park Coalition proposing sites to the city for a potential new off-leash area, and the Hamilton Viewpoint “lawn” is one of their suggestions.

  • sna August 15, 2022 (2:18 pm)

    I agree.  The park has been let go leading to it being more of a “hang out” than truly a viewpoint park.  Off leash dog runs have taken over the south grassy area and its now pretty trashed.  The view is slowly disappearing.  There was a viewpoint advisory team at Seattle Parks to create a framework for dealing with the vegetation taking over viewpoints a few years ago.  They met several times and nothing came from it.  https://westseattleblog.com/2018/09/followup-seattle-parks-advisory-team-considering-how-to-put-the-view-back-in-viewpoint/

  • Hamilton neighbor August 15, 2022 (3:11 pm)

    This is the second time someone has been shot (that I know of) at the viewpoint since we moved across from the park in 2015. It’s awful that some people have to walk around with guns as their voice instead of having real conversations. I guess that’s just our world right now sadly. I’ve always thought a beautiful playground would be a nice way to make the park more family friendly. I know that wouldn’t  help with the nighttime activity but perhaps putting in sensor lights could help as it could help alert police if there is anyone there past the parks closure? Might be too expensive but honestly maybe the community could all pitch in for some private security support? Just some ideas. Hope the guy who was shot is doing ok. :( 

  • Sh August 15, 2022 (3:21 pm)

    Protect and Serve is NOT a real thing and also, the police govern themselves. This has nothing to with “defund” anything…look it up for yourself:

    “The US Supreme Court has made it clear that law enforcement agencies are not required to provide protection to the citizens who are forced to pay police for their “services”

    Neither the Constitution, nor state law,  impose general duty upon police officer or other governmental officials to protect individual persons from harm even when they know harm will occur.

    The Supreme Court has repeatedly held that government has only a duty to protect persons who are in custody.”

    People who think the police will prevent crime with added patrols, or will intervene against those “bad actors” might want to re think how the police department actually works and why it was established in the first place. They’re not going to be proactive or prevent you from being shot.

  • Audifans August 15, 2022 (4:03 pm)

    A lot of guns being pulled out these days in every conceivable circumstance. Armed robbery on Genesee just the other night at midnite. So it’s not just “targeted’ problems. Guns pulled on homeowner who goes out to see who is cutting his cat converter off. and on and on

  • Ferns August 15, 2022 (5:39 pm)

    I’m surprised this hasn’t happened already too. Given the jerks coming in from other towns to show off their guns at alki beach nearby and all the drive by shootings in west Seattle. Maybe it is just a couple of jerks the police haven’t prioritized catching. The city could try implementing a charge for parking there like the parks pass parks do. Or pay to have it patrolled/cameras installed. I see people parking on their lunch breaks and visitors getting out to enjoy the view but also another kind of Parker – drug users. Last time I went there right before closing time I pulled up next to a car that was filled with pot smoke. It now occurs to me that those people were going to be driving under the influence away from the park, through neighborhoods, not just innocently enjoying themselves if they’d walked or taken a bus. The guy closing the park apologized to me for pushing us out because the “people in the neighborhood complained about park activity”. I felt like saying I have been that person in the neighborhood and I completely understand the need for this park to close! Just wanted a night time peak with a visiting friend. Whomever that was should probably have been giving a sobriety test to the driver with a joint in their hands and issuing a public intoxication ticket or whatever applies. discouraging bad behavior and making it harder (unfortunately) to access the park would help improve the “quality” of visitor. 

  • ltfd August 15, 2022 (11:05 pm)

    Time for armed vigilante patrols.    

  • Mariem August 15, 2022 (11:05 pm)

    This will continue as long as our nation is flooded in guns unfortunately. 

  • Mac DeFelinco August 16, 2022 (12:06 am)

    It’s time to close the park for awhile. I live in the area and will not go there or to the boat launch parking lot. It’s too dangerous. Lincoln park is still somewhat safe. 

    • StopCuttingDownTrees August 16, 2022 (1:26 pm)

      Close the Hamilton View Point? That’s ridiculous. There’s a constant stream of visitors there every day and 99.999999% of the time there are zero problems there. I was at Don Armeni Boat Launch Park at 10pm standing at the shoreline overlooking skyline last night and felt 100% safe there. Some of the boats being trailered out of the water cost as much as a new Ferrari. The condos across the street are some of the most expensive in our region. That park is one of the top tourist attractions in the entire Seattle area.

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