Rise in drive-by shootings a concern for WA State Patrol

Mar 23, 2023, 5:42 PM | Updated: Mar 24, 2023, 10:30 am

drive-by shootings...

There have been 12 drive-by shootings in King County so fat this year. (Getty Images)

(Getty Images)

There have been a dozen drive-by shootings in King County so far in 2023. That’s about one a week.

“We haven’t found any connection between these shootings. Our job as troopers is to keep the roadway safe,” Washington State Trooper Rick Johnson told The Jason Rantz Show on AM 770 KTTH.

Rantz asked if police have been able to figure out whether these were targeted shootings.

“We don’t have anything to indicate targeting,” Johnson said. “Some of them could be a road rage type incident where someone feels slighted by another vehicle and, unfortunately, decides that they’re going to use a weapon.”

The latest two incidents happened on Wednesday. One occurred around midnight on northbound I-5 near the 50th Street ramp. The victim was driving a Ford pickup when a white sedan fired one round striking the passenger door.

A second drive-by shooting happened around 10:30 a.m. on southbound 167 near SR-18. A semi-driver was traveling south when a vehicle with no license plates pulled alongside him and fired one round, striking the front of his vehicle. The victim described the suspect driver as a white male wearing a ski mask. The suspected vehicle was a sedan with mismatched paint, black rims, and possibly a black hood.

There were no reported injuries from either shooting.

More Rantz: Pierce Transit staff face discipline if they don’t use ‘ze,’ ‘they’ pronouns

There have been six drive-by shootings in March alone.

“Last year, I think detectives investigated around 50,” said Trooper Johnson. “I would love to know the reason. Everyone is different.”

Rantz said Washington’s police pursuit law makes it a lot easier for some people to believe they can get away with these crimes because they know they won’t face a chase.

“The shootings that we’ve had weren’t in the area to even [have the] chance to determine whether to pursue or not,” said Trooper Johnson. “But that’s a real question. Individuals think that they can get away with more stuff and investigate everything to the fullest.”

Johnson told Rantz he did not feel staffing at the State Patrol was an issue.

“We’ve added more troopers, and we have troopers that are filling in spots. From my perspective, we have plenty of troopers at the times and locations these are happening. It’s hard. Even if we had twice as many troopers that were allotted. It’s hard to be obviously everywhere when these occur. However, we would welcome more law enforcement everywhere.”

Listen to the Jason Rantz Show weekday afternoons from 3 – 7 p.m. on KTTH 770 AM (or HD Radio 97.3 FM HD-Channel 3). Subscribe to the podcast here.

Jason Rantz on AM 770 KTTH
  • listen to jason rantzTune in to AM 770 KTTH weekdays at 3-7pm toThe Jason Rantz Show.

Jason Rantz Show

Jason Rantz

Seattle police...

Jason Rantz

Rantz: Many Seattle city council candidates won’t support police, drug laws

An alarming number of Seattle City Council candidates do not support fully staffing or funding the police department. And nearly a third of the candidates want the police to ignore drug laws.

2 days ago

Bob Ferguson Governor Google data privacy lawsuit...

Jason Rantz

Rantz: Progressives shred Bob Ferguson for Governor endorsement

The Bob Ferguson for Governor campaign is off to a rocky start, already alienating Seattle activists after bragging about a police chief's endorsement.

3 days ago

freedom series homelessness...

KTTH staff

KTTH Freedom Series: WA still suffering from crime, homelessness

Local leaders and officials joined the KTTH Freedom Series to discuss solutions to the region's crime and homelessness crisis.

5 days ago

ktth freedom series crime crisis...

KTTH staff

KTTH Freedom Series: State policies created WA crime crisis

Jason Rantz was joined by politicians and authorities to discuss how policy has affected the crime crisis during the KTTH Freedom Series.

5 days ago

Seattle crime...

Bill Kaczaraba

KTTH Freedom Series: Seattle, Bellevue have dramatically different approaches to crime

The contrast between how Seattle and Bellevue address crime was at the forefront of the KTTH Freedom Series in Bellevue on Wednesday.

5 days ago

law screen drug offenders...

Max Gross

Gross: State Senator passes law to screen drug offenders prior to release

Republican State Senator Chris Gildon (R-Puyallup) wanted to see legislative guardrails put up around those who struggle with addiction.

6 days ago

Sponsored Articles

Internet Washington...

Major Internet Upgrade and Expansion Planned This Year in Washington State

Comcast is investing $280 million this year to offer multi-gigabit Internet speeds to more than four million locations.

Compassion International...

Brock Huard and Friends Rally Around The Fight for First Campaign

Professional athletes are teaming up to prevent infant mortality and empower women at risk in communities facing severe poverty.

Emergency Preparedness...

Prepare for the next disaster at the Emergency Preparedness Conference

Being prepared before the next emergency arrives is key to preserving businesses and organizations of many kinds.

SHIBA volunteer...

Volunteer to help people understand their Medicare options!

If you’re retired or getting ready to retire and looking for new ways to stay active, becoming a SHIBA volunteer could be for you!

safety from crime...

As crime increases, our safety measures must too

It's easy to be accused of fearmongering regarding crime, but Seattle residents might have good reason to be concerned for their safety.

Comcast Ready for Business Fund...

Ilona Lohrey | President and CEO, GSBA

GSBA is closing the disparity gap with Ready for Business Fund

GSBA, Comcast, and other partners are working to address disparities in access to financial resources with the Ready for Business fund.

Rise in drive-by shootings a concern for WA State Patrol