A bullet went through the window of the chiropractic office and hit a female employee, 51, who was sitting inside at a desk. She died at the scene.
A woman is dead after being struck by a stray bullet during an apparent drive-by shooting in Burien, according to the King County Sheriff’s Office.
The shooting, about 2:45 p.m. Wednesday, was on the street outside a chiropractor’s office in the 15200 block of 1st Avenue South, said sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. Ryan Abbott.
A bullet went through the window of the office and hit the woman, who was sitting inside at a desk, Abbott said. The woman, a 51-year-old employee of the chiropractic office, died at the scene, he said.
The woman was a “hard working” immigrant from Mexico who also was a grandmother, Burien Mayor Jimmy Matta said in a televised interview Thursday on Q13 News.
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Matta said that he knew her personally and had received treatment at the chiropractor’s office.
“I can understand the fear that our community has,” he said.
Gunfire came from a sports-utility vehicle, though no other information about the incident is available, Matta said.
Though Burien suffers from gang-related violence, it’s unclear whether this incident falls into that category, he said.
The suspects were apparently firing at a man who was walking on the sidewalk in the area, according to the Sheriff’s Office. The four suspects then fled. The man was uninjured and cooperating with investigators, Abbott said.
Stephanie Morey, manager of the nearby Roadrunner Print and Copy, said she heard two gunshots, a brief pause and then at least four more shots. She stepped outside her business but was afraid to stray far, she said.
“My heart started racing,” Morey said in an interview Wednesday. “I need to go look out, but I’m scared to go look out at the same time because I run this place myself. It was just a scary kind of feeling.”
Morey said her business does printing work for the chiropractor’s office where the victim worked. Three of the office’s employees came into the print shop last week, she said.
“My heart goes out to the family that lost their loved one — an innocent bystander,” Morey said.