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WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: More gunfire, this time on Delridge Way and on SW Myrtle

10:52 PM: Second gunfire incident in six hours – this time, after numerous reports to 911, police have found shell casings at a gas station near Delridge/Findlay, as well as a car “with blood around it,” though no word of victims so far. There’s also a report of bullets hitting a nearby residence and car. This is still developing.

11:04 PM: Police are investigating whether the Delridge shooting is linked to a driver found with a gunshot wound after a crash at the eastbound West Seattle Bridge’s 4th Avenue exit.

11:11 PM: Back to the West Seattle scene, an officer just told dispatch they’ve recovered “about 50 casings” so far. Whether that’s all at the gas station or elsewhere, they didn’t say.

11:30 PM: After being flagged down by someone, police have found more shell casings – “at least five so far” – in the 3100 block of SW Myrtle.

11:47 PM: As shown on the traffic-camera frame grab above, part of Delridge is still blocked off near the original gunfire scene.

12:14 AM: Northbound Delridge has reopened, officers just told dispatch.

1:33 AM: Many unanswered questions in all this – we hope to be able to add followup information later this morning.

ELECTION 2023: Nine days left to vote. Tiny turnout so far

So far, fewer than six percent of the voters in newly expanded Seattle City Council District 1 have sent in their ballots for the August 1st primary – that’s 9,349 out of 74,100 registered voters. Nine days remain until the deadline but this time of year this can go fast, so once you decide who you’re voting for, get that ballot in the postal mail or a dropbox. Voters in our area have three major by-district local races – City Council, County Council, School Board, all with multi-term incumbents leaving office rather than running again. Your ballot also has the Veterans, Seniors, and Human Services Levy, plus a Port Commission race (countywide(. Lots of links in our election preview here. Deadline for turning in your ballot is Tuesday, August 1st, at 8 pm, in King County Elections dropboxes, or if you’re using USPS mail, in time to be sure they’re postmarked by August 1st.

WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Gunfire investigation on 35th SW

(Reader photo)

Thanks for the tips. Police are investigating gunfire around 4:30 pm on 35th SW. They reported finding casings at 35th/Findlay. Nobody is reported injured. The northbound side of 35th was closed for a while as police collected casings but we went through about 20 minutes ago and it was open again, no police left on scene. From archived dispatch audio, and a witness report, this may have involved a person on foot – described as a Black or Hispanic man in his 20s, shirtless, jeans – shooting at a vehicle before then getting into another vehicle himself. Police were sorting out the vehicle descriptions but reported that one vehicle from which shots were fired was described as “a light-colored sedan.” If you have any information, the police incident # is 23-208790.

CANOE JOURNEY: Paddle to Muckleshoot this week, landing next weekend on Alki

(WSB photo, July 2019)

That was the scene at Alki Beach in July 2019, the last year that tribes from around the region participated in a Canoe Journey. This year, the tradition has resumed, and the journey is ending on West Seattle shores because the Muckleshoot Tribe is this year’s host tribe. Canoe families are scheduled to arrive at Alki one week from today (Sunday, July 30th), according to the Paddle to Muckleshoot website. Participants will proceed from here by land to the Muckleshoot Community Center for a weeklong event. The Muckleshoot has a canoe family participating as well, with their journey starting today, as noted here. In all, 60 canoe families – including the Duwamish – are listed as participating.


Two reader-provided videos of West Seattle wildlife to share this afternoon. First, Manuel and daughter were out along Longfellow Creek when they got this view of three of its beavers:

Two years ago we wrote about a city plan to keep beaver dams from blocking creek flow; checking back on the city website, it looks like a related project remains in the planning phase.

On to the shores of Puget Sound – Stewart L. shared this video of a river otter, dining:

If you’re new around here – yes, river otters are the ones you’ll commonly see in the saltwater around here, not sea otters.

FOLLOWUP: Parks hosts off-leash-area pop-up at Junction Plaza Park, extends online survey

That’s the tent to look for in Junction Plaza Park (42nd/Alaska) until 2 pm today if you have questions about Seattle Parks‘ list of potential future off-leash-area sites, including two in West Seattle, and/or want to offer your opinion. Easels include closeup looks at the two options in West Seattle – one south of West Seattle Stadium:

And one in Lincoln Park:

The Parks reps at the pop-up told us the online survey will be extended into mid-August – and that update will appear online this week (right now, the survey page – linked from this page – still says it closes July 31st).

WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Stolen blue Juke (update: found), green Soul

From the inbox this morning two readers report stolen cars:


Emailing to report a car stolen from the Admiral Junction Safeway parking lot on Saturday night shortly after midnight.

The car was stolen in a 5-minute window, so it’s likely the lot is being prowled. Apparently several cars have been stolen from the lot lately!

It’s is a dark blue 2016 Nissan Juke with no distinguishing marks/stickers on it. The license plate is CES6149 – reports of any sightings would be GREAT.

UPDATE: This car has been found.

STOLEN GREEN SOUL: Stolen from David less than a block south of the city limit:

Would like to post about my car being stolen over in White Center behind the the Sea Mar clinic on SW 98th street between 14th SW and 15th SW. This was Saturday night of the 22nd occurred between 8:55 pm and 12:15 am. Green 2015 Kia Soul. Had a bumper sticker of “Ms. Kiwi” and green rhinestone license plate frames. License plate CEA9712. King County Sheriff’s Office case number C23024310.

Alki Art Fair day 3, opera in the park, outdoor Shakespeare x 4, dog-park-talk pop-up, more for your West Seattle Sunday

Haven’t been to this year’s Alki Art Fair yet? Today’s your last chance to go – or to go back!

Meet creators and be creative! Hours today: Booths 10 am-6 pm (on the promenade), music 11-5 pm (main stage east of the Bathhouse, smaller stage on the promenade)
*Artist/vendor info here
*Music info here
*Food vendors listed here (scroll down)
*Free Kids’ Zone

Alki Art Fair community co-sponsors include WSB. … Here’s what else you can do in West Seattle today/tonight:

OPERA IN THE PARK: Family-friendly 35-minute free Seattle Opera performance of “Frida Kahlo and the Bravest Girl in the World,” 10 am at Highland Park (1100 SW Cloverdale).

OFF-LEASH AREA LOCATION OPINIONS: As we’ve been previewing, Seattle Parks plans a pop-up in The Junction 10 am-2 pm to talk with people about its future dog-park sites, including either Lincoln Park or West Seattle Stadium. The first announcement listed Junction Plaza Park (42nd/Alaska) as the pop-up site but a later one mentioned “the Farmers’ Market” – we’ll update if we find out precisely which site. (Update: In the park.)

WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: 10 am-2 pm, the market is back to its usual block, between SW Alaska and SW Oregon on California, offering summer produce as well as flowers, cheese, fish, meat, baked goods, condiments, fresh-cooked food, beverages (from kombucha to beer/wine), nuts, plant starts, more. Here’s today’s vendor list.

HIGHLAND PARK SPRAYPARK OPEN: 11 am-8 pm daily through Labor Day, shine or rain. (1100 SW Cloverdale)

E.C. HUGHES WADING POOL OPEN: Noon-7 pm. (2805 SW Holden)

LINCOLN PARK WADING POOL OPEN: Noon-7 pm. (8011 Fauntleroy Way SW)

COLMAN POOL OPEN: Also at Lincoln Park, this outdoor salt-water pool is back open, noon-7 pm daily through Labor Day. See the session schedule here.

POP-UP PANADERIA: That’s what Bakescapade is bringing to Ounces (3809 Delridge Way SW) 1-4 pm today.

NO ALKI POINT LIGHTHOUSE TOURS: Sunday tours will resume next weekend.

SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK X 4: A four-performance day/night for GreenStage in West Seattle – first, at Delridge Playfield (4501 Delridge Way SW), two shorter “Backyard Bard” performances – “Comedy of Errors” at 3 pm, “Cymbeline” at 4:15. Then two full-length plays – Henry VI, part 1” at 3 pm, and Romeo and Juliet” at 7 pm, both in Lincoln Park (8011 Fauntleroy Way SW).

HEDWIG & THE ANGRY INCH: 3 pm matinee at ArtsWest (4711 California SW; WSB sponsor) closes the run – and it’s sold out, according to the AW website.

CLASSIC NOVELS (AND MOVIES) BOOK CLUB: Monthly gathering at 3 pm at C & P Coffee (5612 California SW; WSB sponsor) – our calendar listing has info on today’s topic.

MUSIC AT THE COFFEEHOUSE: Also at C & P, Halcyon the Mermaid performs harp music 3-5 pm.

SUNSET GONG BATH & MEDITATION: 7:30 pm at Lowman Beach (7017 Beach Drive SW) – details in our calendar listing. $25 suggested donation.

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

EXTRA LATE-NIGHT WATER-TAXI RUNS: Going to see Taylor Swift? Again tonight, the West Seattle Water Taxi adds extra late-night runs – details here. (Extra bus service, too.)

Something for our calendar – one-time or recurring? Email us the info – – thank you!