1:43 PM: Thanks for the texted tips and photo.

Multiple readers report police are investigating gunfire in Admiral about an hour ago. One reader reports: ” My son and his girlfriend were playing tennis and a black Elantra went by with music blaring, they turned right on Walnut following another car and then heard 4 gunshots. Everyone panicked. My son and his girlfriend stayed behind to talk to the police.” No injuries reported. No official info – we went up after the first text but police were leaving just as we arrived in the area. SPD incident # is 24-162978.

4:50 PM: We weren’t at the desk during the original dispatch on this but have since listened to archived audio. Investigating officers told dispatch it looked like a road-rage incident, with someone in one car shooting at another, and that they found a total of three casings in the 2700 block of Walnut [vicinity map]. A nearby resident sent this short clip (.mov file) in which you can hear the three shots.

23 Replies to "WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Admiral gunfire"

  • Marcus June 15, 2024 (2:07 pm)

    Now it’s the day time.  What is next?

    • it's a cycle June 15, 2024 (3:24 pm)

      Typically night time.

      • K E M June 15, 2024 (7:52 pm)

        This wins all WSB comments for the year.

    • WSresident June 16, 2024 (6:35 am)

      I can think of MANY daytime incidents involving guns in West Seattle. This is not a first. 

  • OneTimeCharley June 15, 2024 (4:13 pm)

    Gun play will get people killed, put in prison, or both. If you are a young person reading this and think that shoot outs in real life are cool, I beg you to just walk away from it now. Ask one of those teens down at the pond sewing some oats the other day. It’s a life wrecker. If you want to fire a gun, go to a shooting range like adults. Many of us are tired of this insanity and will happily do everything in our power to put your asses in prison for a long, long time when you get caught.

    • WSzombie June 15, 2024 (5:36 pm)

      Have you seen the evidence pictures from guns confiscated from these kids? They rarely have a full magazine, and when they do, it’s a hodge-podge of different bullets. The reason for that is also the same reason they don’t go to the shooting range, you have to be 21 to buy bullets in Washington. Hopefully these kids just run out of desire to be a wannabe thug before it’s too late. 

      • bolo June 15, 2024 (8:12 pm)

        Could it be that they don’t have a full magazine because they already shot off a bunch?

        • WSzombie June 15, 2024 (11:41 pm)

          Yes, obviously they could have fired rounds already. That assumption was implied, I also could have mentioned revolvers that weren’t completely loaded, but I figures nobody would waste the time to tell me what was obvious. 

          • uncle loco June 16, 2024 (2:27 pm)

            I don’t know for sure but I’d bet that it is policy to immediately clear any ammo out of a confiscated weapon used in a crime. I doubt that they would reload just for an evidence photo.

        • WSzombie June 16, 2024 (8:53 pm)

          Ok, so @bolo and @uncle loco, you didn’t answer my question. I asked if you’ve seen the evidence of guns confiscated by the Seattle police. Let me help you out. Pistols with spent casings and magazines that aren’t completely full. https://spdblotter.seattle.gov/wp-content/uploads/sites/11/2023/08/08.17.23.jpgIllegal magazine with mismatched bullets. https://a57.foxnews.com/static.foxnews.com/foxnews.com/content/uploads/2023/02/1200/675/seattle-handgun-seized.jpg?ve=1&tl=1My point is, these kids aren’t going to learn how to handle responsibly when A) they can’t legally buy bullets, and B) they obtained the guns illegally and aren’t old enough to rent.     

          • OneTimeCharley June 16, 2024 (9:38 pm)

            I guess prison for the perpetrators whom are found guilty is the one and only answer then. So be it.

  • WiseWoman June 15, 2024 (4:53 pm)

    Sadly some kids have to learn the hard way but it is 100% the parents responsibility bc they did not discipline their children early. They did not express the reality of what happens to people in prison and those nightmares. Accountability lacking in politicians, corporations, administrators and families has sadly endorsed this stupidity. 

    • wizerwoman June 15, 2024 (6:46 pm)

      Yes, sometimes it is lack of parental discipline. Sometimes it’s mental health challenges causing impulsivity, and has nothing to do with parenting. Anyone who claims that it’s 100% the parents fault doesn’t really have the experience or knowledge to make such a simplified assumption.

  • alkistu June 15, 2024 (6:18 pm)

    Really, on what is possibly the most peaceful street in West Seattle.  This tells everything about our car culture not to mention our gun culture. 

  • WSCurmudgeon June 15, 2024 (8:14 pm)

    There’s plenty of blame to go around.Here’s Stephen Sondheim’s lyrical and Leonard Bernstein’s musical analysis of the causes of teenage crime in the US. (1961)

    Gee, Officer Krupke

  • Alki Jack June 15, 2024 (8:31 pm)

    ALKISTU, you are so right. If this can happen mid-afternoon on Walnut Street by Hiawatha Play Field, it can happen anywhere in West Seattle at any time of day. The big shortage of police is really starting to have a huge negative  impact on the average law abiding citizens of West Seattle. This is an urgent crisis.

    • Alki Parent June 15, 2024 (9:11 pm)

      How would more police have stopped something like this? Would you have them on every street all the time?

  • Marcus June 16, 2024 (6:59 am)

    Traffic patrols.  If the police are staffed properly they can patrol car violations.  Tail lights, proper plates, legal exhaust, etc.  profiling——maybe!!!!  Yet, guns are being fired indiscriminately near children’s playgrounds, as if gun firings are acceptable otherwise.  We need to up the police activity if we are going to stop this and I do want to stop this anyway possible.  

    • Lauren June 16, 2024 (1:33 pm)

      Did you mean to endorse profiling? I seriously can’t tell. 

  • 22blades June 16, 2024 (6:05 pm)

    It’s too easy for a kid to get a hold of a gun in this country. Too many guns. It’s not rocket science.

  • Nicole Guerrero June 17, 2024 (5:50 pm)

    Have suspects been identified?  There seems to be a lot of assumption that these were kids and I’m not arguing that it could have been but the comments make it sound like it was.  I have read the initial post and not seeing information released about age.  

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