Charges Filed, Details Released in Burien Resident Carolyn Piksa’s Seattle Shooting
A charge of ‘Assault in the First Degree’ was filed Wednesday afternoon (March 13) against Burien resident Carolyn Piksa, accused of shooting and wounding a co-worker last Friday at a Seattle Parks and Recreation building near Green Lake.
Piksa, 46, is also charged with ‘Assault in the Second Degree’ for later driving to the Bitter Lake Community Center and allegedly pointing the firearm at an employee there.
The defendant remains in jail with bail set at $1 million.
Charging documents also reveal what exactly happened when Piksa confronted the two Parks employees:
On March 8, 2013 at approximately 2:00 pm SPD officers responded to a possible shooting at the Seattle Parks and Recreation building at 8016 Densmore Av. N. SPD Communications had received a 911 call from a male later identified as William Keller. Keller was in medical distress, could barely speak, and was initially unable to provide his location or the nature of the emergency. Keller eventually gasped that he had been shot inside the building.
North Precinct officers arrived and located victim Keller in his office. He had sustained a gunshot wound to his upper left chest. Officers simultaneously began aid for Keller, evacuated other Parks Department employees from the building, and searched for the suspect. Keller was able to tell the officers that the suspect was a female Parks Department employee.
Seattle fire medics transported Keller to HMC where he remains in serious condition at the time of this report.
Officers determined that there was a female Parks employee who worked in the Densmore building named Carolyn Piksa who went by the name “Zoom”. She had been present at the building prior to Keller being shot but was no longer there. Employee N. Adams told officers that Piksa had demanded to see Keller a few minutes before he was shot.
At 2:11 pm SPD Communications received a 911 call from a Bitter Lake Community Center employee who reported that a female had entered the community center (13035 Linden Av. N.) armed with a gun. Officers arrived at Bitter Lake a few minutes later and began searching the center and the surrounding park grounds. Bitter Lake Community Center staff identified the armed suspect as Carolyn “Zoom” Piksa. She was not located.
Keller said that Piksa came to his office and demanded to speak with him on the afternoon of the shooting. He said that Piksa asked him what he had to say. Keller did not understand what Piksa wanted to discuss with him. Keller said that Piksa, standing approximately five feet away, pulled out a gun and pointed it at his head. Keller put his hands in front of his face and pleaded, “Don’t shoot me! Don’t shoot me in the head!” Keller said that Piksa lowered the gun, opened and closed the cylinder as if she was checking her ammunition, then abruptly raised the weapon and shot him in the chest.
Arraignment is scheduled for March 27 at the King County Courthouse.