Tragedy Strikes: Teen Fatally Shot in West Seattle Restroom
In a heartbreaking turn of events, a 15-year-old boy was fatally shot in a West Seattle restroom on Tuesday afternoon. The incident took place at approximately 1:26 p.m. when officers responded to a report of a shooting in the 2800 block of Southwest Thistle Street.
Upon their arrival, officers discovered the teen with a gunshot wound inside the bathroom of a community building. The victim, identified as Mobarak Sharif Adam of Seattle, was with friends when they entered the building. However, the other kids left soon after, leaving Adam alone.
Seattle Police Chief Adrian Diaz provided some initial insights into the incident, stating, “Several youths had entered the establishment, they noted their friend had been shot and then they left.” He further added, “We’re still trying to get a little more detail about what occurred. Right now, we have not had any reports of an altercation or anything that would suggest that.”
Authorities are diligently working to determine the circumstances leading up to the shooting, as well as locate the firearm used. While the incident has not yet been officially classified as a homicide, the homicide unit is actively investigating to ascertain any potential criminal activity.
The shooting occurred in close proximity to Chief Sealth International High School and Denny International Middle School. Concerns were raised by parents and residents in the area regarding the lack of communication from the schools following the incident. Monica Sayers, a local resident, expressed her thoughts, stating, “I feel like they should at least text the parents if their kid is at the school. Whether it’s at the middle or high school, there should be some type of like an amber alert or something to the people that live there.”
Sheila Guarin-Juta, a long-time resident of the area, also shared her concerns, saying, “Usually, I’m not that scared, but now it’s like it’s alarming, and I have to be more aware of my surroundings before I walk around.”
This shocking incident has left the community in a state of shock and mourning. As the investigation continues, authorities hope to shed light on the circumstances surrounding this tragic event.