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Fatal shooting in Jungle area


On June 26th at approximately 11:35 p.m., West Precinct  officers responded to a report of as many as five shots fired near South Royal Brougham Way and Airport Way S.  As officers arrived in the area, it was determined that the victim, a male in his 50s, had been shot underneath the freeway near South Atlantic Street and Airport Way South, in an area commonly refered to as “the jungle.” Preliminary information at the scene indicates that the shooting might have stemmed from an argument between the victim and another individual who camps in the same area.


The victim was struck at least once in the chest.  This wound proved to be fatal, and he died in surgery later at Harborview Medical Center. 


The suspects, two or three males,   ran southbound underneath the freeway. Officers set up containment, the King County Sheriff’s helicopter, Guardian One, was called in, and K9 tracked for while, but officers did not locate the suspects.  Detectives from Homicide and CSI responded to process the scene. The Homicide Unit will be responsible for the follow up investigation.