UPDATE: ‘Road rage’ shooting on Highland Park Way hill

2:50 AM: Police and fire have responded to the 7000 block of Highland Park Way SW [map], which is toward the bottom of the hill, for a report of a man shot in the abdomen. Updates to come.

2:57 AM: Police are telling dispatch they’re finding shell casings nearby.

3:03 AM: Added a frame grab from the traffic camera at the bottom of the hill. Avoid the area for a while. The victim is being taken to Harborview by SFD Medic 26. No information so far on circumstances.

3:30 AM: Police just tweeted that “the victim reported being shot while in his vehicle.”

10:47 AM: SFD says the victim is “approximately 30 years old” and was in stable condition when transported.

2:26 PM: SPD has just released more information, calling this “a road-rage incident,” though not elaborating on why:

At 2:39 a.m., police responded near the entrance of the Duwamish River Trail and Highland Park Way Southwest after a witness in the area heard several shots fired. Officers arrived and located a man sitting outside his vehicle with a gun shot wound to his lower back.

Officers provided medical aid to the male victim while waiting for Seattle Fire Department medics to arrive and later transport the victim to Harborview Medical Center. The suspect involved fled the scene in a sedan-type vehicle in an unknown direction. Police canvassed the area and located evidence of the shooting but nothing further at this time. If you have any information about this incident, please contact SPD Violent Crimes Tip Line at 206-233-5000.


5 Replies to "UPDATE: 'Road rage' shooting on Highland Park Way hill"

  • KD December 31, 2022 (2:05 pm)

    Any update on known reason for the shooting (innocent victim just sitting at the light? A road rage duel? A robbery attempt?) if there is chatter you can go back on the call to find out? There are two bad elements down there that the city ‘allows’ to continue and the gunshots (murders in two cases) at the huge encampment under 1st. So. Bridge nearby, but nearer to the Highland Park shooting is the always-on-the-move group that camps in vehicles on Detroit St. just behind the shooting scene (currently they are back on W. Marginal again) where I’ve had one guy shoot a warning shot up in the air at me, and I’ve heard rounds of shots before on Detroit Ave. The vehicle campers go back and forth into the woods on the side of the hill off of Highland Park Way to built in camps there. The two guys that park their long haul truck rigs on W. Marginal across from the vehicle campers have been broken into multiple times. It’s a mess in that area and I’m always ‘my head on a pivot’ awareness when I have to go down there. Very curious to know what the shot person said to police on how it occurred. 

    • WSB December 31, 2022 (2:26 pm)

      Police have just released a bit more information, describing this as road rage. Adding above.

  • 1994 December 31, 2022 (7:59 pm)

    At that time of night/early morning – why the road rage?! Can’t be many vehicles on the roads at that hour…..road rage towards other drivers or road users at any hour is unacceptable behavior. 

  • Kathy January 1, 2023 (1:52 am)

    Road rage incidents on Highland Park Way, West Marginal Way, 4th Avenue S. What do these roads have in common? Multi-lane roads designed to be used as a freeway. Could it be the design of these roads encourages agressive behavior, jockeying, passing, entitlement to speed?

    • Not the Mr T January 1, 2023 (1:13 pm)

      @Kathy… What do these roads have in common? How about idiots shooting guns.

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