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UPDATE: Woman to hospital after reported accidental shooting on Erskine Way

9:51 PM: Police and fire crews are headed to the 4800 block of Erskine Way for what’s reported initially as an accidental shooting. Updates to come.

10:02 PM: Police report SFD medics are treating the victim, described as female.

10:18 PM: She’s being taken to Harborview Medical Center. No further information so far on the circumstances.

11:19 PM: Still awaiting an update from SFD; communication between medics and Harborview just before she was transported described her as in her mid-20s, conscious, with one gunshot wound to the chest from a 9mm handgun.

9:06 AM: SFD tells us this morning that she was in serious condition when transported.

MONDAY AFTERNOON: Police are not releasing additional details except to say no one has been arrested and that the victim was expected to survive.

WILDFIRE SMOKE: Some relief forecast by Monday night

(Tonight’s smoky sunset, photographed by James Bratsanos)

The current air-quality alert is still set to expire at midnight, though smoke from the Bolt Creek Fire continues to degrade our air quality. Puget Sound Clean Air Agency‘s Sunday update says “strong onshore winds” are expected to clear some of it out on Monday, and the forecast indeed says wind could be gusting up to 25 mph by Monday night.

UPDATE: Police investigation after Delridge/Genesee crash following Don Armeni holdup, gunfire

(WSB photo)

7:40 PM: Northbound Delridge at Genesee is blocked while police investigate a situation involving a crashed car and a gun.

(Photo sent by Kellan)

Police at the scene tell us they’re still trying to sort it all out but “multiple people” are in custody. Tgey are also investigating whether this is related to a gunfire report at Don Armeni earlier this evening. (added) The Don Armeni situation was first reported as gunfire following a robbery at gunpoint.

8:31 PM: Archived police-radio exchanges indicate the two incidents were indeed linked.

FOLLOWUP: Last day for Des Moines passenger-ferry test; West Seattle residents voice noise concerns

(August photo by David Hutchinson)

Today is the final day of the two-month test run for passenger-ferry service between Des Moines and Downtown Seattle. It’s been running four round trips a day, Wednesdays through Saturdays, and should be just now wrapping up its last trip. This past week, in the test run’s final days, a group of West Seattle residents emailed the city of Des Moines to voice concerns about the vessel chartered for the test, the Chilkat Express, saying it’s the loudest boat on the water, and fearing it could have an adverse effect on noise-sensitive Southern Resident Killer Whales. Their letter, on which we were copied, suggested that while Des Moines makes its decision on whether to bring back the service, they should plan to at least engage with noise-reduction initiatives. We followed up with the Des Moines department operating the service, which replied, “One thing to note is that the vessel in operation is primarily used as a whale watching boat and its operation is highly sensitive to that environment so if there was a concern in the area that it’s operating in, we believe it would have undoubtably been noted.” The West Seattle group also contacted the organization that’s been leading the Quiet Sound ship-noise-reduction program; their reply noted that their initial efforts haven’t included passenger vessels but they do have a workgroup in that area, led by Washington State Ferries, and would invite the Chilkat Express’s operator Puget Sound Express to join if they wind up continuing passenger service for Des Moines. Regarding that “if,” the Des Moines plan is to review how the trial period went, but they told us they don’t have a timeline for that review yet.

READER REPORT: Hit-run driver hits bicyclist on Alki

Thanks for the tips about a collision on Alki earlier this afternoon. The medical response was quickly downsized and we couldn’t get there in time, but Michael sent this photo and report:

Approximately 1 pm a car took out a bicyclist on Alki Avenue at 61st SW in front of Fire Taco. Witnesses say the car first sped south down Alki Avenue then made a U-turn to speed back north up Alki Avenue deliberately targeting the bicycle, accelerating to rear end the bike before speeding off. The accident was witnessed by many people (but not me) including the Route 50 bus driver parked at the intersection. Several people including the bus driver were able to provide the cops with the license plate number. Amazingly the bicyclist got up and declined medical attention, although his bicycle was pretty much totaled.

The police-call log shows the incident # for this is 22-271097. (added) Archived police-radio audio includes an initial description of the car as “white Chrysler.”

PROTECT YOURSELF: Two workshops in West Seattle

October 9, 2022 12:59 pm
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Two WSB sponsors are offering workshops later this month with information you can use to protect yourself:

SELF-DEFENSE: West Seattle Runner (2743 California SW) is hosting an introductory self-defense class at 7 pm Thursday, October 20th. The instructor is Kerry Copeland of Personal Safety Concepts who “will be offering strategies to protect your personal space while living your day-to-day (including) techniques to broaden your awareness, set boundaries, and physically protect yourself.” Class fee is $25 and you can “bring a buddy for free”; advance registration required – email West Seattle Runner,

IDENTITY THEFT/FRAUD: Daystar Retirement Village (2615 SW Barton) has free but limited space in a workshop 1-2:30 pm on Wednesday, October 19th. You’ll learn how to prevent identity theft/fraud, how to recognize it, and what to do if it happens to you. Call 206-937-6122 to RSVP.

READER REPORTS: Followed by suspicious driver; auto accessories stolen

Two reader reports:

FOLLOWED BY SUSPICIOUS DRIVER: This happened in The Junction on Thursday between 7 and 7:30 pm, reports a reader who wanted to report this in case it happens – or has happened – to anyone else:

I was driving south down 42nd (off Alaska) to park my car in the neighborhood, and as I pulled over to park just north of Dawson St. I noticed that the car right behind me pulled over immediately behind me. Having that gut feeling, I immediately pulled out and kept driving, and the car followed me. This car proceeded to follow me back down 42nd to Alaska, down California, up 44th to Dakota Place Park, back down California (where he turned off his headlights and changed lanes with me twice) before following me into the Safeway parking lot. I was on the phone with my partner the entire time, trying to figure out what I should do and the best we came up with was that I should go somewhere populated and try to get help. He parked next to me in the Safeway parking lot (the one on 42nd near the Junction) and I screamed at him for a few minutes, snapped a pic of his license plate and started walking toward Safeway to get others involved. He didn’t get out of his vehicle the entire time, and as I was screaming at him he gave me hand gestures and a facial expression like, “what? me? I wasn’t doing anything?” although he did not speak to me.

I was able to involve two people standing outside Safeway, one of whom was a man who went over to the vehicle and was able to get the guy to drive out of the parking lot. A very kind woman called her boyfriend who was nearby, and the two of them walked me home so that I wasn’t alone, and didn’t have to get back in my car.

The man was driving an older white pickup truck with a covered back. He appeared to be a Hispanic man, in his mid-40’s with a thin face – since he didn’t get out of the car I can’t speak to his height, but my impression was he had a slim build, and he was wearing a hat (Seahawks, I think?).

We are not publishing the license number as it’s not clear a crime was committed, but the reader has provided it to police – the report # is 22-269009.

AUTO ACCESSORIES STOLEN: The photo and report are from Kevin:

I’d like to report theft of my Yakima Roof Rack and accessories off my Jeep parked on SW Nevada St. Neighbors said they were awakened at 3:23 AM early Sunday morning to some noise outside.

The platform roof rack was found down the block but items were stripped and missing.

1. Yakima Slim Shady 6.5’ awning
2. Yakima Fresh Tract 4 Snowboard Rack
3. Black Max Trax recovery board and various recovery equipment

Thank you if there is any information! Pending SPD case number

Notes for your West Seattle Sunday

(September photo by Jerry Simmons with smoke, sailboat, seagull, Space Needle)

From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

AIR QUALITY ALERT: The regional alert for wildfire smoke continues.


-As part of the Reconnect West Seattle Program, this weekend we will be implementing six Vision Zero projects, aimed to improve intersection visibility. Work is anticipated from 7 AM to 3 PM. We will be mostly working from the parking lane and will maintain traffic in all directions through these intersections. Please anticipate minor delays while traveling through the area. We will be painting and posting curb bulbs at the following locations:

2nd Ave SW and Olson Pl SW
35th Ave SW and SW Brandon St
8th Ave SW and SW Barton St
8th Ave S and S Rose St
8th Ave S and S Southern St
7th Ave S and S Donovan St

CHURCHES WITH ONLINE SERVICES: We’re continuing to list these – see today’s list here.

GARDEN GIVEAWAY: Longtime residents who are moving out of West Seattle want to give back before going, so 10 am-2 pm today, in their backyard (4843 42nd SW), they’re giving away garden books, tools, pots, ornaments, plants, hoses, more.

WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: 10 am-2 pm, the market is open with fall produce as well as flowers, cheese, fish, meat, baked goods, condiments, prepared food, and more. Here’s today’s vendor list. California SW between Oregon and Alaska.

OKTOBERFEST AT OUNCES: Noon-8 pm, it’s the final day of festivities – food, beer, music, games. See the schedule here. (3809 Delridge Way SW)

SOUTHWEST ARTIST SHOWCASE: The monthlong display of community-contributed art at Southwest Library continues (9010 35th SW), open noon-5 pm today.

LOG HOUSE MUSEUM CLOSED: The Southwest Seattle Historical Society museum on Alki is closed for the rest of the month for roof work.

AT ARTSWEST: The ArtsWest (4711 California SW; WSB sponsor) play “Swimming While Drowning” concludes the second week of its run, 3 pm curtain. Tickets are available online.

MUSIC AT C & P: Singer-songwriter Bryan Bielanski performs at C & P Coffee Company (5612 California SW; WSB sponsor), 3-5 pm.

NEED FOOD? White Center Community Dinner Church serves a free meal (take-away available) at 5 pm Sundays at the Salvation Army Center in South Delridge (9050 16th SW).

SUNDAY NIGHT JAZZ: Triangular Jazztet at The Alley (4509 California SW), 8 pm and 9 pm sets.

SUNDAY NIGHT KARAOKE: 9 pm to 1:30 am at Admiral Pub (2306 California SW).

Have an event to list for our calendar? Please email – thank you!