Victim in Green Lake shooting upgraded to serious condition


SEATTLE -  The victim who was critically injured in Friday’s Green Lake shooting is now in serious condition, said an official at Harborview Medical Center.

Just before 2 p.m. Friday, Bill Keller, 70, was shot in the chest at a Seattle Parks and Recreation Department office.

Police said Keller was the one who called 911 to report that he had been shot.  

Medics rushed Keller to Harborview Medical Center, where he was in critical but stable condition.

Keller was then upgraded from critical to serious condition Friday evening.

Police searched for the suspect, 46-year-old Carolyn “Zoom” Piksa, and arrested her in Burien.

Police are still investigating the shooting. 

“We don’t know the relationship between the two,” said Nick Metz of the Seattle Police Department.

According to the Seattle Parks and Recreation Department, Keller is an executive director for the Associated Recreation Council. He has been with the council for more than three decades.

“Keller is an extraordinary partner and friend to the Parks for a long time,” said Mayor Mike McGinn.

The Seattle City Council released a statement Friday on the shooting:

"Our thoughts and prayers go out to Bill Keller and his family at this time. Through his work at the Associated Recreation Council (ARC), we have gotten to know Bill as a longtime advocate for kids and adults in Seattle, creating programming that enlivens every corner of our city. Seattle's Parks and Recreation Department staff pride themselves on safe and educational programming and facilities. The partnership we have with ARC brightens and improves the lives of thousands of children and adults in our city."

A first court appearance and bail hearing will be held Saturday for Piksa at the King County Jail.