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Originally published Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at 9:16 PM

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Seattle parks worker charged in shooting

King County prosecutors filed assault charges Wednesday against a woman accused of shooting and wounding one co-worker and threatening another in the Seattle Parks and Recreation Department.

The Associated Press

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SEATTLE —

King County prosecutors filed assault charges Wednesday against a woman accused of shooting and wounding one co-worker and threatening another in the Seattle Parks and Recreation Department.

Carolyn Piksa, 46, was charged with first-degree assault in the March 8 wounding of Bill Keller, 65, at a parks maintenance building.

Keller is the executive director of the Associated Recreation Council, which oversees the programs at Seattle's community centers.

He remains hospitalized in satisfactory condition after being shot in the chest.

Prosecutors say Piksa drove next to the Bitter Lake Community Center and brandished a gun at a female co-worker identified in court papers as Cynthia Etelamaki. The woman ran out of her office after Piksa pulled out a revolver, prosecutors say, yelling to other staff members to evacuate the building.

Piksa was charged with second-degree assault in that incident.

In charging documents, detectives say Piksa described Keller as a work acquaintance but not someone she worked for directly. She said she considered Etelamaki a friend.

Piksa told detectives she believed the two were involved in some kind of "game of manipulation" that Piksa could never win. Piksa said she believed the two conspired to have contacts removed from her cell phone, have money removed from her bank account and caused noises at night that prevented her from sleeping, according to the police account.

In an interview, Keller told detectives that he knew Piksa from working in the same building but they had never had a conflict. He said he didn't understand what she wanted to discuss when she came to his office.

Keller said he put his hands in front of his face and pleaded, "Don't shoot me in the head!" when Piksa pulled out a gun and pointed it at his head, according to court documents. He recalled that the woman lowered the gun, checked the cylinder, then raised the gun again and shot him in the chest.

Piksa is held on $1 million bail. Arraignment was set for March 27.

Relatives have told reporters that Piksa was the victim of a break-in last summer in which her dog was killed. The King County sheriff's office confirmed the burglary but had no information that a dog had been killed.

Piksa's lawyer did not immediately return a call for comment Wednesday night.

She has worked as an assistant coordinator for community centers and has been a Parks and Recreation Department employee since 1986.

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