WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Man shot; suspected gunfire; teenager assaulted

Three reports in West Seattle Crime Watch:

MAN SHOT: A man was treated for a non-life-threatening gunshot wound after an incident that spanned two jurisdictions. SPD heard from King County Sheriff’s Deputies around 9:30 pm last night that they were dealing with a man who said he was shot near the Delridge 7-11. They found him near a fire station in White Center. Police tell WSB the victim was “uncooperative” but with what little information he did give them, they searched the area in South Delridge for evidence of gunfire, but didn’t find it. He was taken to a hospital. If you have any information on this, the incident # is 23-285758.

SUSPECTED GUNFIRE: Multiple people called 911 after hearing this near Lincoln Park late last night – an area resident sent the video/audio this morning:

At the time, police responded, but we didn’t hear any report suggesting they found evidence of gunfire. We have an inquiry out now to see if that changed later.

TEENAGER ASSAULTED: We asked police about this first thing this morning after hearing from a parent late last night that this was being discussed by other parents. A 14-year-old boy was treated by SFD medics after getting punched in the face Monday afternoon, according to SFD dispatch audio. Here’s what SPD told us when we inquired this morning:

Police responded to a report of an assault in the 3000 block of California AV SW around 4:00 p.m. yesterday. Officers arrived and contacted a 14-year-old male who was walking southbound on California when a red Kia pulled up next to him. The suspect driver, described as a Black teenage male in his teens with black cornrows and wearing a black hoodie, threatened to assault the victim. The vehicle then came to a stop and a passenger described as a White teenage male with red hair exited the vehicle and assaulted the victim. After the assault, the White male suspect returned to the vehicle and it drove off. The victim reported possibly seeing a total of four suspects in the vehicle. Officers spoke with others in the area about the red Kia and the possible suspects. Police obtained evidence of the vehicle, which was not reported stolen. SFD responded to the scene to provide aid. Police did not locate the vehicle or the possible suspects.

(3000 California SW is the address for West Seattle High School.) The parent who contacted us said students reported seeing guns during the incident but police say there’s nothing about that in their report. If you have any information on this, the incident # is 23-285519.

12 Replies to "WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Man shot; suspected gunfire; teenager assaulted"

  • Sarah October 3, 2023 (11:57 am)

    Any more specific info on what time and where were the sounds heard? “Near Lincoln Park late last night” is fairly generic. I’m just east of the park’s center and am not finding anything caught on my doorbell, but maybe too far away. 

    • WSB October 3, 2023 (12:52 pm)

      The 911 call was logged from locations including the 7700 block of Fauntleroy just after 10:30 pm.

      • Sarah October 3, 2023 (3:17 pm)

        Thank you! 

        • RC October 3, 2023 (6:57 pm)

          I heard it clear as day on the 8000 block. Around 10:30.

          • Sarah October 3, 2023 (10:17 pm)

            Thanks! Weird, I’m just a block southeast of you and no one in my house heard anything. My doorbell didn’t pick up any noise event around 10:30 and no reaction from the dog or cats. Acoustics can be so strange.The doorbell *did* pick up a woman screaming “F*** you! F*** you!” around 10:05, but husband and I think that was probably someone at the bus stop and not directly related.

  • oerthehillz October 3, 2023 (1:30 pm)

    Sadly, I don’t walk along California Ave anymore for my own safety. Police say suspects cruise main arterials looking for victims. Sometimes we have to walk along main streets, but avoid them if you can.

    • justthinking October 3, 2023 (4:53 pm)

      Victims of what?  Just pulling over and assaulting (what does that mean exactly in this context, I wonder) someone? This is common on California Avenue?

  • Cato October 3, 2023 (4:41 pm)

    Is anyone else getting tired of these stories?  Why don’t we deploy more CCTV cameras so we can track these criminals back to their homes?

    • Bill October 3, 2023 (7:54 pm)

      Uh huh! — Such a simple and thoroughly ineffective solution!  Have you bought your stock in the CCTV company(s) yet?  Better get in line!

      • PedroDaMan October 4, 2023 (6:29 am)

        While the studies on this subject are mixed; overall the consensus is that cameras do reduce crime (by around 10%-13%), primarily property crimes. While the effect on violent crime is much less in terms of prevention, they also serve as an invaluable tool in crime investigations (a separate notion from prevention in the first instance). I understand and respect both sides of the fence on this issue; but I for one am all in favor of more CCTV. 

      • Ts October 6, 2023 (7:56 am)

        The police and courts have to do their jobs once they are tracked home. My friend has cameras which caught people breaking into his truck including their vehicle. He used find my phone and followed an officer to a residence which had the suspect vehicle outside. Officer knocked on the door. They didn’t answer and he said there was nothing more they could do. 

  • Nadmiral October 4, 2023 (10:08 am)

    To the West Seattle blog:  how close is this assault (which apparently is by West Seattle high school) compared to the cars with the windows smashed, and the vandalism also reported on the blog.  Is this gang activity?  Or?  Thank you for finding more reasoning and connection potential. 

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