9:10 AM: Thanks for the tip. Police, including homicide detectives, are in Westwood near Chief Sealth International High School. We’re told a person was found dead – so far described by police only as male – apparently shot, as shell casings have been marked in the street (27th SW, which runs along the campus’s west edge).
More information as we get it.
9:45 AM: SPD has sent a public-information officer (though we are the only media on scene) so we hope to learn more soon. We’ve been reminded that there was a report of possible gunfire in the area late last night – we heard the dispatch before 11 pm but did not hear anything further regarding whether evidence of gunfire was found at the time. (See this comment posted last night on our story from the previous night about gunfire near Westwood Village, a short distance south of here.)
10:16 AM: We’ve counted a dozen casing markers in the street.
Meantime, our crew says Seattle Police Chief Adrian Diaz has just arrived at the scene.
10:50 AM: SPD spokesperson Officer Shawn Weismiller spoke with us at the scene a short time ago. The victim, who he described as a Black man in his 20s, was found in the CSIHS southwest driveway this morning, according to both Officer Weismiller and recorded dispatch audio. Though it’s up to the Medical Examiner’s Office to confirm the cause of death, the discovery of shell casings and unspecified “other evidence” makes this “presumably” a shooting death, he said. As for the reports of gunfire in the area last night, he said investigators would review those reports and whether responding officers checked this specific area. Meantime, we’ve added more photos above, as the investigation continues.
12:45 PM: We just went back to the scene to check – 27th SW has reopened and the last investigators were leaving. The SPD Blotter post published about this a short time ago adds two more details – that the victim is believed to be in his early 20s, and that his body was found by a person walking their dog. The police tipline for any information: 206-233-5000.
ADDED MONDAY: The Medical Examiner’s Office identifies the victim as 20-year-old Ka’Don Brown, cause of death “multiple gunshot wounds.” No other new information so far.
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