Greg McCorkle
An early morning shooting in Boulevard Park left one man dead and another in critical condition after what detectives believe might have been a shoot out. The yellow markers indicate potential evidence.

UPDATE 2: Boulevard Park shootings were murder not 'running gun battle'

Information from Sgt. Cindi West with the King County Sheriff's Office

UPDATE 2:40pm Friday, March 22

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.

On Wednesday deputies responded to a house in the 1000 block of S 102nd St 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 Hospital 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 1 Ave S and a house in the 10200 block of 10th Ave S. 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.

UPDATE 2:50pm Wednesday
"At this time (the King County Sheriff's Office) has not been able to confirm that there was another vehicle involved. People in the house thought they heard 2 vehicles and a neighbor saw one vehicle in the area but we do not know if this was our victim’s vehicle or another vehicle.

The driver is still at Harborview in critical condition."

There is no suspect information at this time. West reiterated that the crime resulted in one passenger dead from an apparent gunshot to the head and the driver in Harborview with a gunshot wound.

West said that the driver knew someone in the house but she is not sure who or what their relationship was. It is unknown if the crime was gang related.

Detectives said that the first deputies on the scene found one weapon in the victim’s vehicle but it has not been confirmed if this was the only weapon in the car.

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Boulevard Park (unincorporated area near Burien border) - an early morning shooting left one man dead and another in critical condition after what detectives believe might have been a shoot out.

The shooting happened in the 1000 block of S. 102nd St just before 1:30 this morning. A woman called 911 and said that she heard numerous gunshots and her house had been hit by gunfire.

Deputies arrived and found a car running in the front yard of the house. The driver and passenger in the vehicle had apparent gunshot wounds. The passenger was pronounced dead at the scene and the driver is in critical condition at Harborview. Both victims are men.

Detectives said at least one other house and another car in the neighborhood was also hit by gunfire. One car was seen leaving the scene around the time of the shooting. There is no description of that vehicle at this time.

Will update as more info is available.

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