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.
Seattle Department of Parks and Recreation spokesperson Dewey Potter 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. Piksa 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.
Officers have launched an extensive search for the suspect around the Bitter Lake Community Center and the nearby area of N. 130th and Densmore Avenue N.
Seattle Police Department Sgt. Sean Whitcomb said that detectives were investigating the possibility that the incident was a case of workplace violence.
"We believe there might be some sort of employment relationship with the suspect (and victim)," said Whitcomb.
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.
Potter also said the suspect had keys to a number of Parks and Recreation facilities, mostly in the north end of Seattle. Potter said those facilities were placed in lockdown. Whitcomb also said all community centers city wide have been shut down.
More to follow.