UPDATE: Boulevard Park Murder Was Not a ‘Running Gun Battle’
King County Sheriff’s detectives said a shooting this week in the Boulevard Park area that left two men dead was a murder-suicide and NOT a running gun battle, as was initially reported (read our original report here).
On Wednesday (March 20), deputies responded to a house in the 1000 block of S. 102nd Street to a report of gunshots that struck a house. When deputies arrived, they found a car running in the front yard with a driver and passenger inside, both been shot in the head. The driver still had a gun in his hand.
The passenger, a 23-year old man from Seattle, was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver, also a 23-year old Seattle man, was transported to Harborview Medical Center in critical condition and later died.
Deputies discovered that two other houses nearby had also been struck by gunfire during the same time period. Houses and vehicles in the 10200 block of 1st Ave South and a house in the 10200 block of 10th Ave South. Witnesses initially reported they thought they heard two vehicles in the area but police believe the other houses and vehicles were shot at by the occupants of the vehicle found at the scene.
During the investigation, detectives learned that the driver of the vehicle was upset over a recent break-up with his girlfriend. The ex-girlfriend was in the house on 102nd at the time of the shooting.
Evidence at the scene indicates the passenger died of a gunshot wound to the head fired at close range. Detectives believe the driver shot the passenger and then turned the gun on himself.