BREAKING: Burien Woman Arrested in Connection w/N. Seattle Shooting Friday

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Our friends at KING5 are reporting that a Burien woman, Carolyn Piksa, 46, was arrested at her home today just before 5 p.m. in connection with the shooting of a man in the Green Lake area of Seattle Friday.

KING5’s report adds:

Seattle police are searching for an armed female suspect on the loose in the Bitter Lake area after a man was found shot in the chest in the Green Lake area.

Officers responding to a report of shots fired in a building near N. 80th and Densmore Avenue N. found a man with gunshot wound to the chest just around 2:15 p.m. Medics transported the man to a hospital; he was last listed in critical but stable condition.

Seattle Department of Parks and Recreation spokesperson Dewey Potter identified the victim as Bill Keller, 65, the executive director of the Associated Recreation Council, and the suspect as Carolyn Piksa, 46, a current Seattle Parks and Recreation employee. Piksa is described as a white female wearing a blue stocking cap and a beige or green camouflage jacket.

Read KING’s full story here.

Here’s more info from the Seattle Police Department Blotter:

At approximately 1:57 p.m. officers responded to a Seattle Parks and Recreation Department office in the 8000 block of Densmore Avenue North for a 911 report of a man needing medical assistance.  Updated 911 calls reported that a man had been shot.  Fire department medics responded to the scene and transported the 70-year-old male victim to Harborview Medical Center for treatment of a life-threatening gunshot wound to the chest.

After shooting the victim and prior to officers’ arrival on scene the suspect left the Seattle Parks and Recreation office and went to another city facility located at North 130th Street and Linden Avenue North.  Once there the suspect brandished a handgun at an adult female and then left without further incident.

The suspect’s blue Chevrolet pickup truck was recovered in south King County later in the afternoon.

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

This remains an active and on-going investigation.

As we learn more about this incident, we’ll update this post.

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8 Responses to “BREAKING: Burien Woman Arrested in Connection w/N. Seattle Shooting Friday”
  1. May says:

    Carolyn Piksa, 46, a current Seattle Parks and Recreation employee.

    I am asking myself what is really going in in this Parks department and what drove her to this. This is really scary. Maybe we’ll find out. I am glad she did not do this in Burien since she is from here.

  2. Brenda says:

    They obviously do not value their employees. This is just the first person to snap over it:( it’s rough working for the bureaucracy and the city of seattle treats their employees like dirt!

  3. Betsy says:

    Don’t you think it’s a little early in the game to make these judgements? Nothing has been reported about the history of the assailant and the victim doesn’t even work directly for the Parks Department. Let’s all chill a little and wait for some facts to come out.

  4. Lee Moyer says:

    Gee Betsy,
    If limited to actual facts, some prolific writers would have nothing to say. What a refreshing idea.

  5. ** says:

    I have felt obligated to comment on s blog since this happened. I actually worked for the parks department in 2009 and Carolyn Piksa was my boss… I now live across the country and was very disappointed to find out it was Carolyn. But all that I want everyone to know Ms. Piksa was a wonderful individual to work with.

    • May says:

      Thank you for your comment and sharing, Do you know Bill Keller? If you do what do you know about him. is he a good boss?

      • elizabeth2 says:

        May – perhaps you can exercise a bit of discretion and tact and drop whatever is going on here, pointing fingers at the Parks and Recs and asking questions about the victim’s work style.

        This story has all the markings of a real tragedy for all involved. Ms. Piksa seems to have suffered some very sad events in her life which made her mental state shaky, not apparently a reflection on her as a person.

        Whatever Mr. Keller is or is not as a supervisor, nothing calls for what happened to him.

        There is no conspiracy here, no grand plot, no fingers to be pointed. Let it go and pray that the sad and hurting people involved in this have a chance to recover and survive to lead there own lives in peace and private.

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