SEATTLE, WA – Shock and concern continue to ripple through the Seattle community following a recent shooting incident at a Ballard dog park. On Thursday, an altercation over a stolen vehicle at the Golden Gardens dog park took a tragic turn, resulting in one fatality and three injuries. The Seattle Police Department confirmed that the incident unfolded near 8400 Seaview Place Northwest.
Tragically, a 44-year-old man lost his life at the scene, while a 25-year-old man required immediate medical attention at Harborview Medical Center, as reported by the Seattle Fire Department (SFD). Subsequently, two individuals fled the chaotic scene and were eventually located at 26th Avenue Northwest and Northwest Market Street. Both were identified as victims, a 50-year-old woman, and a 38-year-old man, who were transported to Harborview for treatment.
This harrowing event marks the 66th homicide in Seattle this year, inching closer to the record-high of 69 homicides reported in 1994. Lori Aagard of the SPD commented on the unfolding situation, shedding light on the limited information available. Aagard further noted uncertainty regarding whether this was an attempt to reclaim a stolen vehicle.
Witnesses shared their accounts with reporters, recounting how the gunfire disrupted an otherwise peaceful day for dog owners. Many had to seek immediate refuge to ensure their safety. One concerned dog owner stated, “I come here several times a week with my dog, it really hits too close to home. Unfortunately, this is becoming the norm in Seattle, and it makes me sad that this is happening in our neighborhood.”
In a positive development, Harborview announced on Friday that all the victims involved in the shooting had been discharged.