April 2023

Woman shot in West Seattle 

Information from Seattle Police Blotter

by Detective Judinna Gulpan 

Several witnesses called 911 just before 12:00 p.m. to report a shooting in the 4500 block of 42nd Avenue Southwest today.

Police arrived and learned there was a disturbance, involving a knife and a firearm. A 24-year-old victim was found with a gunshot wound to the abdomen. 

Officers provided aid to the victim and Seattle Fire took over medical care once they arrived. The victim was later transported to Harborview Medical Center. 

Police recovered a semi-automatic handgun and evidence of a shooting at the scene. 

A 29-year-old male suspect was arrested for assault and will be booked into King County Jail. 



Shooting death of Ka'Don Micheal Brown remains a mystery

Violent crime was up last year; Many murders go unsolved

Ka’Don Micheal Brown’s death is a mystery.

Nearly 21, he was a young man who loved music, video games, and basketball, and he often played at the Southwest Athletic Complex (SWAC) on Thistle Street in West Seattle. He especially loved football, basketball and spending time with his family.

ka don at keyboard

Ka'Don was born at Providence Hospital "He was a very happy baby into music even at the age of 1. He would sit up at the keyboard with his father." his mother Maxine Brooks said.

“He was kind and generous,” as Maxine described him, “ He once gave a homeless man his coat and some money…He said, ‘Mom you can always get me another coat.”


HERBOLD: EPA releases East Waterway cleanup plan: 60-day public comment period begins April 28


Information from District 1 City Councilmember Lisa Herbold

The US Environmental Protection Agency released a proposed cleanup plan for the East Waterway. A 60-day public comment period begins on April 28. The cleanup area stretches one mile and covers 157 acres. It is located immediately downstream and north of the Lower Duwamish Waterway Superfund Site, along the east side of Harbor Island, as shown below:

Duwamish East Waterway cleanup map



West Seattle Chamber of Commerce celebrates 100 years

The West Seattle Chamber of Commerce celebrated a century with a gala party at the Admiral Theater on April 27. Among the strongest chambers in the state it has more than 250 members and is deeply involved in the promotion of business in the community. 

The first chamber of commerce was founded in 1599 in Marseille, France, as the "Chambre de Commerce". Another official chamber of commerce followed 65 years later, probably in Bruges, then part of the Spanish Netherlands. The West Seattle Chamber is not the oldest in the US.  The Chamber of Commerce in Charleston, S.C. Back of postcard reads: "The oldest Chamber of Commerce in the United States. Founded in 1773. 


Jennifer's View: Car thefts and commercial burglaries are trending

By Jennifer Danner

Seattle Police SW Precinct

Crime Prevention Coordinator

The SW Precinct is currently seeing two trends we want to inform our community about.

First, auto thefts have continued to be a significant crime issue, for much of the City of Seattle, and throughout the country. To combat this, the Seattle Police Department is developing a comprehensive plan – including outreach to our communities about prevention strategies. 


Forced entry at multiple businesses in West Seattle in apparent spree

Taco Time hit and safe cut open among others

information from Seattle Police Blotter

by Detective Judinna Gulpan on April 26, 2023 5:50 pm

Police responding to a triggered alarm in West Seattle found forced entry into a business Tuesday morning.  

Just before 6:00 a.m., officers arrived in 3500 block of SW Avalon Way and found a smashed window at Taco Time.

A safe within the business had been cut open, and staff confirmed money stored in the safe had been taken.

break in

Prior to this alarm, officers responded to three other locations Sunday morning:


Lorrie's Genesee Hill garden is a neighborhood gem

When you plant a garden it becomes a labor of love. It takes time, attention, patience and lots of water. 

Lorrie is a gardener... and a great neighbor. Photo by Patrick Robinson


husband Peter
Peter enjoying a well deserved beer in the garden. Photo by Lorrie.


For Lorrie, whose garden in the Genesee Hill neighborhood. it's something she and her late husband would often stop to enjoy. "We'd have dinner and beer and just pause and enjoy it," she said. 



Robbery after night out in Ballard; Do you recognize this man?

by Detective Judinna Gulpan 

Police received a 911 call from a woman who was assaulted then robbed of her purse earlier this month in the Ballard neighborhood.  

On April 15th at approximately 2:00 a.m., the victim was attempting to go home when she was approached by a man claiming he had seen her at a nearby bar and tried to talk to her. After his advances were denied, the man grabbed the woman’s purse causing her to be thrown onto the street.   

The male suspect was last seen running away southbound on 20th Avenue Northwest.   

Seattle Fire Department responded and provided aid to the victim for an injury sustained from the fall.   

The suspect was described to be a white male with multiple tattoos on his neck and hands including a tattoo near his left eye. He was seen wearing a red jacket and white baseball cap.