Shooting near Ship Canal Bridge homeless encampment slows Friday commute

Sep 30, 2022, 8:28 AM | Updated: 10:17 am

Ship Canal Bridge encampment...

The encampment underneath Seattle’s Ship Canal Bridge — stretching across both sides of the I-5 express lanes near 42nd Street — has yet to be cleared, despite a sixth reported fire over the last month. (Sam Campbell/KIRO Newsradio)

(Sam Campbell/KIRO Newsradio)

Update 9:20 a.m.: All express lanes on I-5 have been reopened as traffic returns to normal.

KIRO Newsradio’s Sam Campbell went to the scene near the Ship Canal Bridge where the Washington State Patrol (WSP) said four gunshots were reported Friday morning. When police arrived, they found two victims, one of which was later found in an encampment under the bridge where a fire broke out Wednesday. Trooper Johnson said there is no reason to believe that the fire and shooting are related.

No information about the identity of the victims, suspect, or possible motive has been released by the police.


Southbound Interstate 5 express lanes are backed up starting at the Ship Canal Bridge after a shooting this morning, around 6:37 a.m.

Drivers on I-5 are experiencing serious delays, with traffic backed up all the way to Northgate Way with only one lane open due to police activity.

Washington State Patrol Trooper Rick Johnson confirmed that two victims were injured, one shot in the hand and the other in the leg. Both injuries are non-life threatening and the victims have been transported to Harborview Medical Center.

This is a developing story, check back in for updates


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