BY ASHLEY KAPSCH
On Saturday March 28, a little after 2:00 AM in the Kariotis Mobile Home Park on McWilliams Rd in East Bremerton, a woman and child died while a 22-year-old man was wounded. After receiving gunshot wounds by the assailant, he fled to a neighboring home. The Bremerton Police Department arrived on scene at 2:24 AM.
The male victim was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle where he is now recovering. The woman, Heather Kelso, was the homeowner and was declared dead at the scene. Kelso was 29-years-old and was an employee of Puget Sound Naval shipyard. Two-year-old Kaden Lum, was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center with life threatening injuries and had shared the residence with his mother and Kelso.
The boy appears to have been collateral damage, rather than an intended victim. His mother, Jalisa Lum, attended Olympic College during this past winter quarter. Although she attempted to shield the child as the gunman ran through their room shooting, he was hit and died later at the hospital.
Deputies and officers worked to secure the site, calling in a K-9 Deputy to search for a suspect, however, were unable to locate any suspects.
According to Terri Major, an English Professor and a professor to a class taken by Jalisa Lum, Lum was a single mother working her way through school to make a better life for herself and her son. In order to aid her in funding Kaden’s medical and funeral expenses, a GoFundMe page has been created. Currently just under $7,000 out of the $15,000 goal has been earned. Major urges people to donate what they can afford, “if you can donate even a little to one of our own, it will help take at least one burden off Jalisa’s shoulders.”
Currently there are no new developments in the investigation. Detectives have served search warrants but are not releasing individual names as of yet; however, they have not eliminated anyone from the suspect list.
According to Deputy Sheriff of the Kitsap County Sheriff’s office Scott Wilson, they are actively looking into everyone within the park. They urge anyone with any information on the double homicide to call 9-1-1 immediately.
Anyone with interest in financially aiding Lum please visit http://www.gofundme.com/qabbgg3g. Every bit helps.
We will be updating this story as it progresses, please check it out at http://www.olympianstudentnews.com/.