A woman who was found shot to death early Friday morning on the popular Burke-Gilman Trail in North Seattle was not randomly targeted, police said.
The King County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the woman Saturday as Jowanna Gooden, 26, and said she died of a gunshot wound to the head.
Officers were called to a stretch of trail in the 2400 block of North Northlake Way, in the Wallingford neighborhood, around 4:30 a.m. after a passer-by called 911 to report finding the body, police said.
Terry Lad, who lives near the shooting scene, told KING 5 that he was walking his dog around midnight when he heard a single gunshot.
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“As I was walking back I heard a gunshot and thought, ‘That’s strange. That’s not a firecracker,’ ” Lad said.
It wasn’t immediately known if the gunshot was related to the homicide.
Seattle police spokesman Mark Jamieson said investigators are hoping for witness tips. No arrests have been made, and Jamieson said he’s not sure if they’re searching for one or more suspects.
Jamieson said investigators “do not believe the woman was randomly targeted.” He did not elaborate.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Seattle Police Homicide Unit at 206-684-5550 or the department’s tip line at 206-233-5000.
Jennifer Sullivan: 206-464-8294 or firstname.lastname@example.org. On Twitter @SeattleSullivan.