17-year old girl shot and killed in Burien late Wed. night; suspect in custody

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A 17-year old girl was shot and killed late Wednesday night (May 4) in the hallway of a apartment complex at 615 Ambaum Blvd. SW in Burien (map below), according to the King County Sheriff’s Office.

Police say that Wednesday night at around 10:55 p.m. they received multiple 911 calls of a shooting at the Spring Creek Apartments. Witnesses reported hearing one shot, followed shortly by two others, and could see a female lying motionless in the common hallway to one of the apartment buildings.

Callers also reported that just prior to hearing the gunshots, they heard the sound of a verbal argument between a male and female out in the same hallway where the shooting occurred. At least one caller also reported seeing someone they described as a black male in his late teens to early twenties, wearing a red jacket, gray sweatpants and white shoes, running from the scene after the sounds of the shots.

Burien Deputies arrived within three minutes of the first call and found the 17-year old female victim lying in the hallway with a single gunshot wound. Burien Fire Medics pronounced the victim dead shortly after they arrived on scene.

A search by Deputies, King County Sheriff K9 teams, as well as the Guardian One helicopter was conducted, but a suspect was not immediately located.

King County Sheriff’s Major Crimes detectives were called to the scene to investigate the incident. Once there, they began searching for evidence in and around the apartment complex, and also began interviewing the original callers and other possible witnesses that were still on-scene.

After interviewing multiple witnesses and collecting some evidence at the scene, Major Crimes Detectives were able to establish probable cause to arrest a 17-year old male who was at the scene and had been talking and cooperating with them.

The suspect was booked into the Youth Services Center in Seattle for investigation of murder.

It is believed that the victim and suspect knew each other, but the extent of their relationship is not known at this time.

The names of the victim and suspect have not been released as both are Juveniles.

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30 Responses to “17-year old girl shot and killed in Burien late Wed. night; suspect in custody”
  1. Jamie says:

    Local new sources have the landmarks wrong. Not near Cedarhurst and not very close to HHS. Closest school was Sylvester. Thanks goodness this murderer has been caught.

  2. Elizabeth says:

    My thoughts are with the girl’s family and friends… how terrible

  3. Dissapointed says:

    I just moved to Burien. Thought it was a nice pace to live. We have longshoreman beat, crazy monkey drivers, and murders. I see so many homeless for such a small town that it is almost as if it is encouraged. I’m done. I’m out. Selling the house and getting the hell out.

  4. Richard G says:

    Burien: The new Chicago! Meanwhile the city struggles with which dog catcher to use. Brilliant.

    • Peter says:

      And don’t forget parking enforcement – one of the major issues Burien faces now (sarcasm). Burien has (or is fast getting) a reputation of a crime ridden, violent, seedy town. And while there has always been a seedy side to Burien, even going back to when I was a kid in the 70’s and 80’s, it is way out of hand. Does the city not realize that this issue has a direct effect on the popularity and success of the businesses in town? If people move out, or do not want to move here, then watch the town continue to decline from a business standpoint. We need non-PC, no nonsense leadership. Perhaps Austin Bell can tell us what the solutions he learned in his city planning classes.

      • Suzie Doodle says:

        Peter, I think you mean Ronald Reagan…”Over 30 years ago, when Reagan was elected President in 1980, he discarded a law proposed by his predecessor that would have continued funding federal community mental health centers. This basically eliminated services for people struggling with mental illness.” http://www.povertyinsights.org/2013/10/14/did-reagans-crazy-mental-health-policies-cause-todays-homelessness/

        • Peter says:

          Actually, Reagan block granted aid to the states. He didn’t cut, or otherwise eliminate services. That is just wrong. Letting the states to deal with their own issues is actually wise – rather than entrust things to a federal bureaucracy. Also a factor was the push to let the very seriously mentally ill out on the streets out of misplaced liberal compassion. That began under the Kennedy administration and continued thereafter.

    • Chris says:

      Yeah, the new Chicago?!?! You are so far off base. Chicago has had 141 Murders this year (up 72% from last year), and they’ve had 677 overall shootings. They had almost 3000 shootings in 2015

      Chicago had 45 murders in March ALONE.

      Come back to reality. Our community is quite safe, but like many cities/areas, has it’s share of crime and issues.

      • Peter says:

        I think “Burien is the new Chicago” was a bit of hyperbole intended not for literal interpretation but to underscore how crime ridden Burien has become. Obviously Chicago much more murders and crime, and also millions more people – so no comparison. But while Burien might not be the new Chicago, it certainly seems to be the new White Center – which should be scary enough. In any case – Burien is not what it used to be. Shootings and assaults have become so common place that people are justifiably concerned and want answers as to what can be done to curb this disturbing trend. Some say the answer is to move out. But where? Burien is a great place so much to offer and convenient location to Seattle, etc. I don’t want to move, I want the crime to move (or disappear).

        • Chris says:

          You cite that shooting and assaults have gone up, but the stats reject your opinion. “Type-1” Crimes (the bad stuff like Murder, Rape, aggravated assault, etc.) have gone down or remained flat. From 2009 to 2015, only 6 murders occurred in the City of Burien. All other Part-1 Violent Crimes also went down or were flat.

          Now, where I will give some credence to what you say, is when you look at Part-1 “Non-Violent” Crimes such as Burglary and Theft. Those stats have trended upward.

          The stats are interesting to look at, because the theft and crime stats take a big jump from 2010 onward, as this was when Burien annexed the southern portion of the North Highline area.

          Take a look at the stats for yourself, by searching for the City of Burien ANNUAL POLICE SERVICE HIGHLIGHTS & DATA from the Sheriff’s Office.

          • Sandy Edmondson says:

            Good to hear that you won’t get killed here, But the chances of your house getting burglarized or car stolen is through the roof. Makes me want to brag to all my friends !

  5. Burinal Dumas says:

    Gov’t housing projects in Seattle have been closed down to make room for yuppie condos, so the rats have all jumped ship to cheap apartments out in the suburbs.

    Crime that used to be kept in small pockets of the city is now all over the outlying areas that never used to have much trouble.

    Only way to solve the problem is shut down the cheap apartments or raise the rents, so the scum have to move even further out than Burien to find a place they can afford.

    • Jimmy says:

      This sounds more like two teenagers in a relationship gone bad with reports of a argument between a 17 year old male and 17 year old female. Now a male been arrested how does this have to do with low income apartments. These two are not even old enough to rent a apartment.

      I think the question of the day is? Why did this 17 year old male had a firearm in the first place and why did he choose to pull the trigger on this girl. Not what there parents pay for rent or mortgage.

      • Richard G says:

        “I think the question of the day is? Why did this 17 year old male had a firearm in the first place”
        You are right, Jimmy. I thought I-594 was going to prevent things like this tragedy from happening.

        • Jimmy says:

          Well if you think one law passed recently is going to change things overnight then your more off then any one can explain. A law like I-594 is going to take time to make a difference. Now if people that own firearms took a few more precautions when owning a firearm there would be less out on the street in these kids and gang members hands. Then would be no need for I-594 law.

          There are right ways of owning a firearm and wrong ways to own a firearm. This why they make alarm systems lock boxes gun locks/ trigger locks gun safes. But unfortunately most people that purchase firearms rarely will use any of these other devices to there benefit. Until a tragedy happens.

          • Richard G says:

            Jimmy, I can only hope to be as smart as you when I grow up. Must be a real burden to have all the answers, though.

          • Peter says:

            If what you’re saying is true, that gun control is the answer – then why are the cities with the strictest gun control – such as Washington DC, Chicago, etc. also the cities with highest gun crime rates?

            • jimmy says:

              The two cities you mention also have a high rate of gang activity and most gang members don’t get there fire arms a legit legal way.

              Also to point out some thing most of these shooting in burien alone lately have not been random it’s been someone ether in a gang retaliating or some one that is mentally ill or like this last one 2 people in some type of relationship. In argument gone really bad. These have all been people that should not own a firearm or possess a firearm.

              Why is always legit firearm’s owners that bring up these laws like the government is trying to take away their firearms. When what there doing is trying to stop firearms from getting in the wrong hands. So if you a legit firearms owners and follow the laws you should have nothing to worry about.

      • Peter says:

        Jimmy – since you brought up parents, I would like to know the status of the parents of both the victim and the shooter. This might shed some light on the issue.

    • Shari says:

      Just wondering which specific government housing projects in Seattle have been closed down recently to make room for high-end market rate housing?

  6. Sad and Concerned says:

    Heartbroken for the loss of this young woman, and the grief of her family and friends.

    I have to respond to Burinal Dumas about the “only way to solve the problem”. There are much better ways than just trying to force people to move on. If we up our game, and stand up as citizens and a community, we can organize better support services and better housing options for people facing all the challenges that you find so unpleasant. These are not rats: they are people.

    One of the reasons things have gotten grittier in Burien is that we just don’t have the services to support the people who, as you point out, are fleeing impossible housing situations in Seattle. As Smokey the Bear would say, Only We Can Prevent this forest fire.

    If you don’t like seeing what reality looks like for people trying to live with poverty, homelessness, addiction and/or mental health issues, you can make sure that your city and agencies in your city have your support to offer them better options. As unpleasant as it is for you, try to imagine what it’s like for them–try to imagine never having known anything better; try to imagine how it feels to know that people are looking at you, and talking about you, the way you just did about these “rats”.

    We can make it better, for all of us. Not by forcing people away or locking them out, but by making better options and helping them get the power back over their own lives. Some people can’t be helped, or won’t be helped. But we can do better for everyone in Burien.

    • Peter says:

      Regarding the homeless and lack of services: many of these people are mentally ill, drug addicts, or both. To the non-mentally ill drug addicts: give them a choice: treatment, or prison. To the mentally ill: commit them to mental institutions. Jimmy Carter closed them and let the mentally ill out on the streets. Open the asylums back up. It is more humane that having them live on the streets. This is a legitimate use of public money. To the non-mentally ill / non drug addicts living on the streets: provide training, transitional housing, and counseling to help them get back on their feet.

      The problem in Burien is crime. The answer is not to merely provide more services. Rudy Guiliani cleaned up New York partly by cracking down on petty crime / panhandling, etc. Burien should do the same.

  7. Sandy Edmondson says:

    People doing crimes around here don’t seem to be homeless. Burien has been like this for years and years. Good freaking luck changing it all of a sudden now….

  8. unknown says:

    I grew up in Burien back in the 60’s and 70’s and it was a good place to live, yes there was crime but nothing like this and this is everywhere not just in Burien.
    The problem here is that children are trying to grow up too fast and without good guidance they go in the wrong direction and they feel that they must look “tough” to “belong” in the crowd. It is so sad that these kids feel this sort of peer pressure and don’t have that guidance to teach them they don’t have to be that way.
    sad, so sad.
    My condolences to the family of the young girl.

  9. TRB says:

    why are we talking about homelessness and not the epidemic of intimate partner violence against women?

    For homicides in which the victim to offender relationship could be identifed, 94 percent of female victims (1,438 out of 1,530) were murdered by a male they knew.

    Fifteen times as many females were murdered by a male they knew (1,438 victims) than were killed by male strangers (92 victims).

    For victims who knew their offenders, 62 percent (895) of female homicide victims were wives or intimate acquaintances of their killers.

    There were 280 women shot and killed by either their husband or intimate acquaintance during the course of an argument.

    Nationwide, for homicides in which the weapon could be determined (1,477), more female homicides were committed with rearms (53 percent) than with any other weapon. Knives and other cutting instruments accounted for 20 percent of all female murders, bodily force 13 percent, and murder by blunt object seven percent. Of the homicides committed with firearms, 69 percent were committed with handguns.

    In 85 percent of all incidents where the circumstances could be determined, homicides were not related to the commission of any other felony, such as rape or robbery.
    Source: http://www.vpc.org/studies/wmmw2015.pdf

  10. Burien Human says:

    Man those helicopters are loud. Are they really necessary for things like this?
    Tough to get a good nights sleep around here.

  11. Sandy Edmondson says:

    I think the helicopters have Burien on auto program and find all their business right here!!…

  12. concerned says:

    Burien has gone down the toilet what more can I say.

  13. othersideofthetracks says:

    A 17 year old shoots and kills some girl and they send him to a youth center?????

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