Bail set at $1 million for woman held in North Seattle shooting

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by KING 5 News

NWCN.com

Posted on March 9, 2013 at 12:10 PM

Updated Saturday, Mar 9 at 6:12 PM

A man who was shot and critically injured inside a Seattle parks department building on Friday has been upgraded to serious condition.

Bill Keller, 65, was shot Friday afternoon. Suspect Carolyn Piksa, 46, was arrested at a home in Burien.

A bail hearing for Piksa was held Saturday. She waived her appearance. She was ordered held on $1 million bail on a charge of assault in the first degree with a deadly weapon.

Piksa's family was in court.

"Our prayers go out to Mr. Keller and his family and I would like to say my aunt is a loving, wonderful person and a devoted Parks and Rec employee for the last 25 years," Cody Shearer said.

Seattle Police had launched a search for Piksa in the Bitter Lake area in North Seattle after receiving a 911 call at 1:52 p.m. at the Seattle Parks and Recreation headquarters near N 82nd and Densmore Avenue N., just north of Green Lake.

Responding officers found a man with gunshot wound to the chest.

Keller is the executive director of the Associated Recreation Council, a non-profit that works closely with the parks department. Medics immediately transported Keller to Harborview Medical Center.

Seattle police say they were investigating the possibility that the incident was a case of workplace violence. A motive hasn't been determined.

Witnesses at the parks headquarters reported seeing Piksa walk into the building.

"They're having a casual conversation, and then somehow a gun came out," said a witness. "And then she got scared and I guess the lady just walked out the community center."

Withing minutes of receiving the call, SWAT team members surrounded the building and pulled out about 30 employees and people inside one by one, but by then the suspect had fled the scene.

Metz said the police Intel Unit worked with the phone company to trace Piksa's cell phone and tracked her to a location in Burien.  The Intel Unit and SWAT team triangulated her phone to her house in Burien.  After setting up a containment around her house, SWAT members communicated with her using a P.A. system. She immediately came outside, unarmed, and surrendered to police without incident.

Carolyn Piksa's sister and brother-in law were murdered in Pierce County in 1985.
   
Stewart Shearer was found shot to death in his home. The body of his wife, Shelly, was found two miles away near Mountain View Cemetery.

Their 2-year old son, Cody, was found clutching his mother's body. He was unharmed.
   
Police arrested a college student for the crime.

 

 


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