One male, female dead after car shooting at Luther Burbank Park

Parking area will remain closed as investigation continues Saturday.

Mercer Island police are investigating the death of two people found in a car with gunshot wounds at Luther Burbank Park. The male and female were transported for medical care on Saturday and later died, according to MIPD commander Jeff Magnan.

At about 11:15 a.m. on July 13, officers were dispatched to the 2200 block of 84th Avenue Southeast, after a weapons complaint was made. What officers found was a male and female in a car with gunshot wounds, located in the main parking area. They were transported to Harborview Medical Center for treatment and have since died of their injuries.

Officers have determined the shooting was a static incident, Magnan said, meaning the incident is isolated to the male and female located in the car. The gun was recovered at the scene and officers are not looking for any outstanding people at this point.

During a day of high traffic at the park, Magnan said there was one witness who heard gunshots while others mistook the shots for fireworks.

The park will remain open, but the parking area will stay closed as an ongoing investigation continues. Investigators will work with the King County Medical Examiner’s Office to determine both the cause and manner of death.

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