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Active search for man who fired shots near Northgate

July 15th, 2016 by Mike

Update from Seattle Police:

Officers arrested the suspect in today’s shots fired call at Woodlawn Ave. Northeast & Second Ave. Northeast. Medics took the suspect to the hospital for injuries sustained during today’s incident. Detectives continue to investigate this case and will provide updates when available.

Update: KOMO reports the man has been arrested.

The Seattle Police Department headline, within the hour (3:33 p.m.) reads: “Man Crashes Green Volvo Near Greenlake After Firing Shots Near Northgate.”

Officers responded to multiple reports of shots fired near 5th Avenue Northeast and Northeast Northgate Way.

Police arrived quickly and located the suspect, but when he saw the officers, he sped off in his green Volvo, with police in pursuit.

The suspect lost control of his car and crashed in the 100 block of Northeast 80th Street, so he took off running.

Multiple police resources and a police K9 are in the area looking for him now.

Officers have not located any victims or any received additional reports at this time.

Officers believe that the man pictured here may be the shooting suspect due to fact the he left his driver’s license in the car.

Anyone with information about this man or this incident should call 911.

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Two nearby news items – a shooting and a TBM (the T stands for tunnel)

July 9th, 2014 by Mike

Two press released arrived this afternoon. One is on a shooting nearby in Victory Heights. The other is the launch of Brenda – the Tunnel Boring Machine heading for the University District.

From Seattle Police:

Police are investigating after a man was wounded in a shooting in the Victory Heights neighborhood Wednesday afternoon following a dispute over an apparent drug debt.

Police responded to the 1700 block of Northeast 103rd Street, where they found the victim, who had been shot in the foot. Medics transported the man to Harborview Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.

At the scene, witnesses told officers two men had fled the scene in a black Lincoln Town Car. Police are now searching for the two men, described as a white male, 5’8, wearing a black tank top, and a white male, 6’0, wearing a blue dress shirt.

From Sound Transit:

The first of two tunnel boring machines that will dig new twin light rail tunnels from the Northgate neighborhood in Seattle to the University of Washington began mining today.

That would be Brenda. You can read more here.

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Update: Suspect arrested. Green Lake-area schools, all community centers being locked down after shooting

March 8th, 2013 by Mike

Update: SPD: At approximately 4:49 p.m. Seattle Police officers located and arrested the suspect in south King County.

Developing: Police are searching for 46-year-old Carolyn Piksa in connection with this case. (Image courtesy SPD) |

All Seattle Parks and Recreation facilities and parks are closed this afternoon; shooting suspect has keys to them.

So is North Seattle Community College.

Seattle Times is updating here.

Police are searching for a Parks and Recreation Department employee after she allegedly shot a man in the chest at a department maintenance building north of Green Lake.

The victim, 65-year-old Bill Keller, was shot just before 2 p.m. at the building at North 82nd Street and Densmore Avenue North, police said. He is at Harborview Medical Center in critical but stable condition, according to police.

Keller is the executive director of the Associated Recreation Council (ARC), a non-profit that runs the city’s community centers. ARC is based in the building where the shooting took place.

The suspect has been identified as Carolyn “Zoom” Piksa, 47 46, a Parks Department employee since 1986. Police say she may have keys to all of the city’s community centers, so all have been locked down.

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Various news organizations and fire and police are responding to a reported shooting just north of Green Lake.

The shooting may have occurred in a Seattle Parks and Recreation office, our news partner The Seattle Times is reporting.

There are unconfirmed reports that the suspect may be an employee of the Parks Department. Police are looking for her near the Bitter Lake Community Center.

The shooter is described as a white female, 47, with blue stocking cap and beige or Army green jacket. She may be driving a dark-colored SUV.

Police say Broadview-Thompson School, Bagley Elementary and Wilson Pacific are in shelter in place during the search for the shooter.

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A 70 -65-year-old man is reported injured, and officers are looking for a woman with a gun. Schools and the Green Lake Community Center locked down. Developing.

The incident occurred at Northeast 80th Street and Densmore Avenue North, two blocks north of the lake.

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Suspect in drive-by shooting arrested

September 21st, 2012 by Mike

Update Sept. 22: Our news partners The Seattle Times has updated its story.

Seattle police have arrested a 30 29-year-old man living less than a mile from where Yancy Noll was killed in an apparent
road-rage shooting.
Thanks, Thor and Mike, for the tips.
http://blogs.seattletimes.com/today/2012/09/suspect-arrested-road-rage-slaying-of-yancy-noll/

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Shooting update: Victim identified, police look for car

September 3rd, 2012 by Mike

A memorial is growing at the shooting site, 15th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 75th Street.

Sept. 4: The Seattle Times has an update here.

Police now say Yancy Noll, killed in a shooting Friday evening, was likely the victim of road rage.

They are looking for a silver BMW Z4 convertible, with recent body damage and a broken passenger-side window.

In a release, police said:

Preliminary investigation indicates that the suspect pulled up next to the victim in his car and for reasons that may be related to a road-rage type of incident, fired multiple rounds at the victim, striking him several times. The suspect then fled the scene in his car and remains at large.

The type of car, and a sketchy surveillance video, can be seen in another release here.

KOMO-TV says Knoll was a well-known and liked wine manager for the QFC grocery chain, and lived just blocks from the shooting scene. That story is here.

The shooting occurred shortly before 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 31st at 15th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 75th Street. Anyone with information is asked to call 911 or the Seattle Police Homicide Tip Line at (206) 233-5000. Anonymous tips are welcome.

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Memorial fund for Cafe Racer shooting victim

June 2nd, 2012 by Mike

Update June 3: To learn about honoring the Cafe Racer victims, or donate to funds, click here.

A memorial trust has been established for Donald Largen, a 57-year-old saxophone player and urban planner who was killed Wednesday in the Café Racer shooting, friends have announced.

Donations are needed to fund funeral expenses and support his surviving partner, Glenna Wilson.

A story about Largen ran in The Seattle Times on Thursday.

Donald Largen, a 57-year-old urban planner who played the saxophone, was one of the four people killed in a Wednesday morning attack by a gunman who opened fire at the Cafe Racer, according to his mother, Betty Parker.

“He was a very loving, kindhearted man,” Parker said Thursday.

Largen was a Seattle native who graduated from Shorecrest High School and the University of Washington. He worked as an urban planner while simultaneously pursuing his love of music, regularly playing at cafes and friend’s houses whenever possible. He loved Costa Rica and visited as often as possible with Glenna. He was a resident of the Roosevelt neighborhood and was a regular at local establishments such as the Café Racer, Latona Pub, Big Time Brewery and Café Allegro.

Donations are welcome in any amount and can be made at any Bank of America location to the Donald B. Largen Memorial Trust Fund. All proceeds will be used to cover funeral expenses, with the remainder going to Wilson, Largen’s partner of 22 years. Separate funds are being created for the other shooting victims.

The Times is also reporting:

Victims of the Cafe Racer shootings will be honored at a gathering outside the cafe Saturday afternoon and at a benefit concert Sunday evening — and the cafe’s owner says he has decided he will reopen the business, but he does not know when.

Today’s memorial is at 12:30 p.m. The concert is at 8 p.m. Sunday on a stage in the alley behind Cafe Racer, 5828 Roosevelt Way N.E.

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Why aren't there more details about this theft in Maple Leaf?

March 29th, 2012 by Mike

Mike emailed us a copy of a police report from Wednesday afternoon. About all that can be learned from it is  that a “theft-oth” was “completed” at 2:26 p.m. in the 8100 block of Latona Avenue Northeast.

It happened here: “STREET/HIGHWAY/ROAD/ALLEY/SIDEWALK.”

“Do you have any other details of the occurrence?” Mike asks.

No, we don’t.

It’s the usual, redacted two-page police report that’s posted online for most “property crimes,” as opposed to crimes committed against people, such as robbery or burglary.

For those, more serious, crimes, the full six-page report is – eventually – posted, although still with redactions.

Having police reports posted online is good government. Having virtually no details attached to the vast majority of the reports is a step backward. We complained about it at a meeting last year with the mayor. Update: Detective Mark Jamieson, a spokesman for Seattle Police, called to say that about a year and a half ago, when the reports went online, staffing drove the decision to initially only post the full reports for major crimes. But, he said, the department is heading in the direction of posting all full reports.

The map at right shows similar thefts that have been reported so far this year. It understates the frequency because many of the icons represent multiple thefts – the one at Northeast Northgate Way/ Fifth Avenue Northeast, for example, stands in for 14 occurrences.

We don’t usually report on, or try and chase down details of, crimes such as shoplifting, mail theft or “theft-other.”  In general we do report anything more serious – there was a shooting late Sunday night at a bar in the 500 block of Northeast Northgate Way, for example – but getting details can take days unless the Seattle Police Department sends out a police blotter post, which in this case they did.

For more on neighborhood crimes, and why we report on them, go here.

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Why aren’t there more details about this theft in Maple Leaf?

March 29th, 2012 by Mike

Mike emailed us a copy of a police report from Wednesday afternoon. About all that can be learned from it is  that a “theft-oth” was “completed” at 2:26 p.m. in the 8100 block of Latona Avenue Northeast.

It happened here: “STREET/HIGHWAY/ROAD/ALLEY/SIDEWALK.”

“Do you have any other details of the occurrence?” Mike asks.

No, we don’t.

It’s the usual, redacted two-page police report that’s posted online for most “property crimes,” as opposed to crimes committed against people, such as robbery or burglary.

For those, more serious, crimes, the full six-page report is – eventually – posted, although still with redactions.

Having police reports posted online is good government. Having virtually no details attached to the vast majority of the reports is a step backward. We complained about it at a meeting last year with the mayor. Update: Detective Mark Jamieson, a spokesman for Seattle Police, called to say that about a year and a half ago, when the reports went online, staffing drove the decision to initially only post the full reports for major crimes. But, he said, the department is heading in the direction of posting all full reports.

The map at right shows similar thefts that have been reported so far this year. It understates the frequency because many of the icons represent multiple thefts – the one at Northeast Northgate Way/ Fifth Avenue Northeast, for example, stands in for 14 occurrences.

We don’t usually report on, or try and chase down details of, crimes such as shoplifting, mail theft or “theft-other.”  In general we do report anything more serious – there was a shooting late Sunday night at a bar in the 500 block of Northeast Northgate Way, for example – but getting details can take days unless the Seattle Police Department sends out a police blotter post, which in this case they did.

For more on neighborhood crimes, and why we report on them, go here.

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Shots fired overnight just north of Maple Leaf

November 26th, 2011 by Mike

Seattle Police report repeated gunshots were heard early this morning in just off 15th Avenue Northeast in Pinehurst.

At approximately 1:36 a.m., 911 callers reported hearing multiple gunshots and seeing people running. According to witnesses, the suspect(s) fired from a Volkswagen Passat or similar type vehicle in the 12000 block of Pinehurst Way Northeast.

North Precinct officers responded and located two of the people seen running. They were interviewed by officers, but it was undetermined if they were the intended targets of the shots fired. Officers searched for the suspect vehicle, but it was not located. It does not appear that any victims were struck, nor was there any property damage located. Officers did recover a shell casing in the 11700 block of Pinehurst.

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