Seattle Police say they confirmed gunfire off the Highland Park Way hill after 911 calls Wednesday evening. They responded after reports came in just after 5:30 pm. Officers arriving in the 7000 block of Highland Park Way SW [vicinity map] found, according to the SPD summary, that “the sign to the trailhead had been struck by at least 20 rounds (and a) tree was also struck.” No injuries were reported. As for who did it, the summary says, “The male suspect left in an older-model sedan that was either white, tan, or charcoal gray.”

15 Replies to "WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Shot-up sign"

  • Is It Just Us? February 2, 2023 (11:56 am)

    Guns, reckless driving and racing, burglary, drugs. Are other parts of Seattle seeing increases in similar degree in these affronts to their communities, or is West Seattle particularly plagued? 

  • WSCurmudgeon February 2, 2023 (12:28 pm)

    All cats are gray at night.

    • touch of grey February 2, 2023 (1:02 pm)

      Really? Let’s protect chameleon cats in the green-space!

  • Mr J February 2, 2023 (12:50 pm)

    I thought it was too quiet to be a gunshots. Clearly wrong. I was driving by when this happened saw the guy out of the corner of my eye. More mental health services please, we shouldn’t have men shooting off guns right off the road, go to a gun range.

  • well regulated Militia? February 2, 2023 (12:55 pm)

    Back-in-the-day, firearm abusers traveled to the boonies to shoot up road signs. 
    Off course there were far less guns floating around and people were more responsible as most were indeed hunters with long guns the choice.  

    Gun related deaths by suicide, accident or intention were relatively rare.  
    Imagine if we could somehow turn back that firearm carnage clock  of today, where no one is safe from this health epidemic ? 

    • alki_2008 February 4, 2023 (10:06 pm)

      How far “back in the day” are you talking about?  Pre-internet or pre-24/7-news?  Some people seem to think that certain things didn’t happen as much because they didn’t hear about it, when in reality those things happened just as often or even more often. The news just didn’t get to them without the multitude of news sites or internet.

  • Rhonda February 2, 2023 (12:59 pm)

    At least the sign is now wind-resistant

    • Ilold February 2, 2023 (9:54 pm)

      Thanks for the levity. I lol’d

  • Rocky February 2, 2023 (12:59 pm)

    A charcoal gray sedan with plastic in the rear right side window pulled into that TH shortly before then…

    • sam-c February 3, 2023 (2:52 pm)

      What is that ‘TH’ ? I’d have a reasonable guess if we were in Canada, but….

  • Varmit February 2, 2023 (6:42 pm)

    That park is bad news.. Criminals are always there doing drugs and acting suspicious only during the day when dog walker is the park somewhat safe. All the while it’s a hub for meth dealers and stolen property and weirdos wandering around

  • Varmit February 2, 2023 (6:51 pm)

    It’s more of a green space than a real park trails suck and in the summer too many mosquitos. Lots of criminals and trash, worst park ever obviously the city has a homeless and drug addict problem. The bigger problem is gentrification. These people need housing/jail/treatment for drugs and mental health.. 

    • Patience February 3, 2023 (2:41 pm)

      @VARMIT:  As with anywhere in our community (especially in the last 5 years!) , you will come across places that people have not been good stewards of our public lands (Alki, Longfellow Creek, Westcrest Park, etc.).   If you see any trash, encampments, fallen trees, slides, etc. – please use the Find It/Fix It App to make a report.Our West Duwamish Greenbelt Trails are incredible!  We have had great turn-outs for our trail work parties!  The trail conditions vary depending on how well the trail is maintained or used. The trails that are within park boundaries are typically better maintained.  Several trails have also been created for restoration activities. Most of the trails are in the northern portion of the greenbelt north of Highland Park Way, but there is also a trail network to the south at Westcrest Park. There is a whole network of trails that you can traverse from the Duwamish Longhouse to Riverview Park and down to Highland Park Way, passing the South Seattle College campus, Puget Park and Pigeon Point Park. It is so fun to explore the trails from Pigeon Point to Highland Park Way.  Lots of wildlife – owls are a big favorite!Check out this site:  https://wdgtrails.wordpress.com/trails/

    • mjc February 3, 2023 (3:46 pm)

      @Varmit – I empathize with your thoughts on the trails. Things are getting better out there. What you may not know about is the work that is going into improving them, albeit, slowly. Yeah, there’s some folks living in the woods here and there, but on the north end, especially between Highland Park Dr. and Pigeon Point, things are very low-key and safe. Lots of great trails to explore.  Check out the new map. Reach out to the West Duwamish Trails group if you have questions. We host walks in the greenbelt, trail work parties and are working towards improving things overall out there. It is a great resource. Check ou the map here: https://wdgtrails.wordpress.com/trails/

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