Seattle police investigating 5 shootings overnight
Seattle police are investigating five shootings in the past 24-hour period.
1. Officers arrived to reports of gunfire near Garfield High School around 4:30 p.m. on Thursday. Witnesses say they saw teenagers running from the scene and a male suspect who fled eastbound on East Jefferson Street.
No one was injured in the incident, but police found damage to a nearby home and vehicles. They also discovered two different sets of shell casings on campus, “likely indicating two people had exchanged gunfire,” according to the Seattle Police Blotter. There was evidence that the gunmen fired about three dozen shots.
Police say they will meet with the Seattle school district to ensure the safety of students and staff on campuses.
2. Around 8:15 p.m. Thursday, police received a call from a driver that someone had fired a shot at them from a black sedan in the area of SR 509 near the First Ave. Bridge. The victim was not injured in the apparent road rage incident.
3. A report of a third shooting at Third Ave. and Pike came in around 9 p.m. Thursday. A 29-year-old man was not at the scene when officers arrived, but had shown up at Harborview Medical Center soon after with serious injuries.
4. At 9:10 p.m., police say a passenger in a grey car opened fire on another driver in the Rainier Beach area. No injuries were reported.
5. At 3:30 a.m. Friday, officers found a 15-year-old girl with gunshot wounds to her legs inside a stolen Jeep in the 4200 block of South Eddy Street. Officers found more than two dozen rounds fired at a nearby shooting scene. The Jeep was riddled with bullet holes. A bulletproof vest and ski mask were found inside.
Officers also found a gun and large stash of cash at the shooting scene. They said the injured teen and another teenage girl in the Jeep were evasive about the circumstances.
If you have information about any of the shootings, police are asking you to call the Violent Crimes Tip Line at 206-233-5000.
The Seattle Police Department says while it’s dealing with historically low staffing levels, it continues to focus on addressing gun violence. SPD reports seizing a handgun during a drug deal operation earlier this week. Officers also recovered a handgun while arresting a suspect on a federal warrant.