Police searching for shooting suspect in Bitter Lake area

Police searching for shooting suspect in Bitter Lake area

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Police searching for shooting suspect in Bitter Lake area

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by KING 5 News

KREM.com

Posted on March 8, 2013 at 4:36 PM

Updated Friday, Mar 8 at 4:36 PM

Seattle police are searching for an armed female suspect on the loose in the Bitter Lake area after a man was found shot in the chest in the Green Lake area.

Officers responding to a report of shots fired in a building near N. 80th and Densmore Avenue N. found a 70-year-old man with gunshot wound to the chest just after 2 p.m. Medics transported the man to a hospital; he was last listed in critical but stable condition.

Meanwhile, officers have launched an extensive for a woman with a gun at the Bitter Lake Community Center and surrounding area. The suspect is described as a white female in her late 40s, wearing a blue stocking cap and beige or Army green jacket. She may be driving a dark SUV.

Seattle police have asked several schools in the area of N. 130th and Linden Avenue N to be placed in lockdown as a precaution. The following schools are currently in "shelter in place," which means exterior doors are locked, but classes are being conducted inside: Broadview Thomson Elementary K-8, Bagley Elementary and Wilson Alternative School.

Seattle Department of Parks and Recreation confirmed the victim as Bill Keller, the executive director of the Associated Recreation Council, and the suspect as Carolyn Piksa, a current Seattle Parks and Recreation employee.

Seattle Police Department Sgt. Sean Whitcomb said that detectives were investigating the possibility that the incident was a case of workplace violence.

Whitcomb also said all community centers city wide have been shut down.

More to follow.

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