Brother of former UW football star Budda Baker shot to death in Ballard
In 2nd fatal shooting in that area in ten days
April 23, 2018
(SEATTLE, WA.) – Seattle Police homicide detectives are looking for a shooter following an incident Sunday morning that claimed the life of a man in Ballard.
Published news reports and social media posts have identified the dead man as 29-year old s Robert Baker, the brother of former University of Washington Huskies safety Budda Baker, who now plays for the NFL’s Arizona Cardinals.
On Sunday, April 22nd, at 1:45 am, “Officers responded to reports of a shooting in the 4900 block of Leary Avenue NW. Officers located the 29-year-old male victim in the street in the 4900 block of 17th Avenue NW suffering from a gunshot wound to the chest,” said an SPD statement.
Officers performed CPR until relieved by Seattle Fire medics The man was pronounced dead while being transported to the hospital.
Anyone with information on this incident is urged to contact the Seattle Police tip line at (206) 233-5000.
KOMO-TV in Seattle reported that a staff member from the station was at the scene and was told the shooting took place outside the Shelter Lounge and that according to witnesses, “At least 10 shots were fired.”
This is the second shooting death in the Ballard neighborhood in ten days. Police are still investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a 79-year-old man in Ballard on the evening of Friday the 13th. On that day at about 6:30 pm, Seattle Fire and Seattle Police responded to report of an “unresponsive male inside a camper” in a parking lot in the 5000 block of 15th Avenue NW.
Police said first responders determined that the man had been deceased for several days and that it appeared to be “natural causes” at that time.
The Medical Examiner was called to the scene and “during the ME’s examination of the body, a single bullet hole was discovered on the body. A cursory search of the camper did not reveal a discarded weapon,” said the police statement.
Homicide detectives were called to the scene and assumed follow-up responsibility for the investigation. Crime Scene Investigators (CSI) also
responded and processed the camper, then impounded it for further investigation.
This remains an active and on-going investigation.