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Man in critical condition after drive-by shooting on I-5

Feb 20, 2024, 6:46 AM | Updated: Mar 29, 2024, 1:47 pm

Image: Bullet holes are seen in a 2015 Ford Mustang after a shooting on Interstate 5 on Monday, Feb...

Bullet holes are seen in a 2015 Ford Mustang after a shooting on Interstate 5 on Monday, Feb. 19, 2024. (Photo provided by Washington State Patrol/@wspd2pio on X)

(Photo provided by Washington State Patrol/@wspd2pio on X)

A man was injured in drive-by shooting that occurred Monday night on Interstate 5 (I-5) south near Interstate 405 (I-405) in King County, according to Washington State Patrol (WSP) Public Information Officer Trooper Rick Johnson.

In a press statement released Tuesday afternoon, WSP reported receiving a 911 call just before 11 p.m. from the victim and he relayed that he had sustained injuries and “felt like he was going to pass out.”

WSP troopers and the fire department arrived at the scene confirmed the man was injured after sustaining multiple gunshot wounds and was transported to Harborview Medical Center in critical condition.

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The victim didn’t provide a description of the suspect or the suspect’s vehicle.

“He was shot at several times … He did not see the vehicle where the shots were fired from,” Johnson said to KIRO Newsradio Tuesday morning.

The victim’s vehicle, a 2015 Ford Mustang, sustained multiple bullet holes.

Johnson confirmed to KIRO Newsradio Monday night’s drive-by shooting is the 11th on King County highways so far in 2024. The number includes two that happened in one day on Monday, Feb. 5.

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As of that day, the region was on pace to surpass 2023’s number of freeway shootings.

“Last year I believe we ended with 57 (shootings). The year before, 55,” Johnson previously told KIRO Newsradio.

That only includes confirmed shootings in King County, so the number could be even higher.

“It’s hard to say,” Johnson said on why there’s been such an increase. “I mean we’d love to have an exact answer on all of this, honestly. Every shooting has its own anatomy as far as the cases facts.

Contributing: Heather Bosch, KIRO Newsradio

Steve Coogan is the lead editor of MyNorthwest. You can read more of his stories here. Follow Steve on X, formerly known as Twitter, here and email him here.

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