Man found dead from gunshot wounds in downtown Burien early Tuesday


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A 27-year-old man was found dead from gunshot wounds near SW 153rd and 4th Ave SW in downtown Burien (map below) early Tuesday morning, April 9.

Police say that just after midnight, Burien officers were on patrol in downtown Burien and reported hearing multiple gunshots.

While they were searching for the location, several 911 callers called to say they heard shots in the area of the 15300 block of 4th Ave SW. Officers found a 27-year-old male from Burien with gunshot wounds lying on the ground. They began CPR on the male, while Aid was called to the scene.

However, King County Medics were unable to save the man, who died at the scene.

A short time later, a second victim – a 30-year-old male – arrived at Highline Medical Center, but was transported to Harborview, where he was listed in serious condition. Prior to being transported to Harborview, Officers spoke with the second victim, who told Police an altercation occurred between at least five people, which escalated, and several people pulled out guns and began firing at each other.

King County Major Crimes Detectives are attempting to contact three subjects who left the area before Police arrived; they were with the deceased male prior to the shooting. No suspects are outstanding.

Police say that this shooting does not appear to be gang related.

One nearby resident told The B-Town Blog:

“About midnight there was a volley of gunfire in downtown Burien. I thought it must be fireworks because it was so long and rapid. But then police cruisers responded and a medic vehicle.

“I’ve said it before…Burien, I love you, but sometimes you scare me (and I wonder if I’m an irresponsible parent for raising my kid in the middle of a firing range).”

Another resident told us:

“Another horrible night in Burien. This is so incredibly sad!

“My mom lives in the apartments right by where the shooting happened. The boy that died, I guess I should say young man, saw her and cried out for help so I believe she’s at least one of the people who called 911.

“My heart is just broken for all the horrible things (that) have been happening in our community of late…”

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