BREAKING: Daleway Park shooting suspect arrested

LYNNWOOD, Wash., May 25, 2022 – Lynnwood Detectives have made an arrest in the homicide of 70-year-old Carl Bridgmon, who was caught in the middle of an altercation between four individuals and gunned down in his car on April 5, 2022, at Daleway Park.

The suspect is a 21-year-old Marysville resident booked at the Snohomish County Jail yesterday, May 24, on multiple charges including murder. Two of the four individuals involved in the shooting have since been identified and contacted but, since this is still an active homicide investigation, the Lynnwood Police Department is not releasing any names at this time.

The only Snohomish County Jail booking made yesterday, which matches this description, is of a Leif Gunnar Smith, a Marysville resident booked for murder, assault, and robbery charged by the Lynnwood Police Department.

Daleway Park

Daleway Park shooting

Carl Bridgmon man was shot dead in his car Tuesday, April 5, at Lynnwood’s Daleway Park, on 64th Avenue West. Lynnwood Police were on the scene at 2:14 p.m. after reports of multiple shots fired were made to find a deceased adult male in the driver’s seat of a vehicle, which was damaged by several bullets. Multiple bullet casings were also found in the area.

Several people were seen fleeing the area, police said, and a black Toyota car was seen speeding away. A witness told the Lynnwood Times they appeared to be young adults.

Two 18-year-old males were found in a nearby neighborhood backyard and questioned by police. Detectives also interviewed several park-goers and nearby residents and are still in the process of trying to determine the involvement of the two 18-year-old males.

Witnesses described the vehicle that fled prior to police arrival as a black sedan.

Cedar Park Christian School was briefly placed on lock-down as a precaution.

The Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office later confirmed the victim in the shooting incident as 70-year-old Lynnwood resident Carl W. Bridgmon. The manner of death was ruled a Homicide.

According to a statement released by the family, Bridgmon loved to sit and have his coffee at the park several times a week. The family is distraught over this “senseless” tragedy. Bridgmon was caught in the crossfire between two groups of individuals and tragically murdered.

Below is the statement from Carl Bridgmon’s family in its entirety:

Family of a beloved Lynnwood man, who was innocently killed during the April 5 senseless shooting at Daleway Park in Lynnwood shares about their Dad, Carl Bridgmon.

Bridgmon was tragically killed on April 5 after the vehicle he was sitting in was shot by unknown suspects who were in a confrontation with other individuals, also unknown to Bridgmon.

“Our family is in complete shock. Thank you for the community’s concern for our Dad, Carl Bridgmon, he was 70-years-old and a Lynnwood resident,” said the Bridgmon family.

“Our Dad loved to go to that park and sit and have his coffee several times a week,” said his daughter Courtney Teno. We are devastated and would really appreciate privacy as we process this over the next few days and weeks.”

Carl leaves behind two daughters, their significant others, two sisters, and many other loved ones and friends. “Carl never met a person he didn’t talk to or try to make friends with,” Teno said.

The Lynnwood Police are still asking anyone who has any information on this shooting to contact Detective Arnett at (425) 670-5669.  You can also leave tips at Crime Stoppers of Puget Sound (1-800-222-8477).

Kienan Briscoe

Kienan Briscoe is a 9-time award winning journalist who has worked for a variety of publications including Pulitzer Prize-finalist Puget Sound Business Journal, Sound Publishing, Game Rant, and the University of Washington's newsroom. Before making the leap to news reporting he worked as a freelance writer in New York City. He holds a degree in Journalism from Arizona State University. Journalism, to him, is one of the most important tools for informing the public and holding governments accountable to the people. When he is not reporting he enjoys writing fiction and poetry (author of three novels), playing guitar, reading classic literature, and getting outdoors.

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