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10-02-22 Violence west of Seattle campus

Notification of Criminal Incident – Seattle Campus
October 2, 2022
Violence west of Seattle campus

This message is being communicated to all faculty, staff and Seattle campus students with the approval of the UW Police Department. This message is sent in the interest of public safety and in compliance with federal law requiring timely warning notification of crimes committed on or near campus. This is not a UW Alert message. For information regarding UW Alert and to sign up to receive UW Alert notifications, visit

At about 12:05 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022, Seattle police responded to the 4200 block of Brooklyn Avenue NE to a report of shots fired. When officers arrived, they received additional information that a driver of a vehicle fleeing the shooting scene struck and killed a pedestrian blocks away. These incidents remain under investigation. Seattle Police Department case number for this incident is 2022-262446.

At about 1:05 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 2, 2022, Seattle police responded to the 4300 block of University Way NE to a report of shots fired. When officers arrived, they found four individuals who had been shot. It is believed the victims’ injuries are not life threatening. All four victims are UW students and were transported to the hospital for treatment of their injuries. The UW is in contact with the students and providing support and resources.

The suspect in this incident was described as a male, around 6-foot-2 with a large build, with a cut or gash near one eyebrow, wearing a dark-colored cap and a dark hoodie. The suspect left the location in an unknown direction. Seattle Police Department case number for this incident is 2022-263450.

If you witnessed either of these incidents or have additional information about these crimes or suspects, please call the Seattle Police Department tip line at 206-233-5000. To report a crime in progress, or other suspicious activities or persons, call 911.

Crime prevention tips for similar incidents:
• Be aware of your surroundings and what is going on around you.
• Seek cover immediately, or run away from suspected gunfire.
• Remove yourself from potentially dangerous situations as soon as possible.
• Call 911.

If you suspect criminal activity, here is some helpful information to pass on to the police:
• Clothing descriptors: Look for layers under the visible layer, other distinctive identifiers, etc.
• Physical characteristics: Height, weight, eye and hair color, mannerisms, scars or tattoos.
• Vehicle descriptors: Color, model, make, number of occupants, direction of travel, license plate.

Contact the University of Washington Police Community Engagement Unit at 206-685-1916 for additional crime prevention information.