A chase through South Seattle ends with one man shot and multiple vehicle collisions and property damage. It all started at approximately 4:00 p.m. when the suspects and shooting victim made eye contact at a festival in Seward Park.
Preliminary investigation indicates that after the two parties exchanged glances at the park the 20 year old male victim, who was with his 17 year old nephew, went to park his blue Chevy Surburban on a neighborhood street outside the park. The victim noticed the suspects who he had seen in the park following him in a gray or green car. The victim tried to lose the suspects in the neighborhood and a chase ensued.
The suspects started shooting at the victim in the 9000 block of Beacon Avenue South. The chase continued and more shots were fired by the suspects at Beacon Avenue South and South Juneau Street. Indications are that the suspects fired still more shots at the victims at South Columbian Way and South Spokane Street.
The chase continued onto I-5 South. The victim was driving in the car pool lane when the suspects pulled up alongside the victim in between the car pool lane and the cement highway divider at about mid-Boeing Field on I-5 South. The suspects shot at the victim yet again, striking the victim in the shoulder.
At some point the shooting victim collided with a silver Kia 2-door occupied by two women in their 20′s who were not involved in the altercation. Upon being struck by the shooting victim’s vehicle the Kia driver lost control, struck another innocent motorist in a Toyota, and overturned. The occupant of the Toyota was not injured.
The shooting victim’s Suburban came to rest alongside the cement divider on I-5 South.
There is no indication at this time that the shooting victim ever shot back at the suspects or suspect vehicle and no firearm was located on the shooting victim.
SFD medics responded to the scene and transported the 20 year old male shooting victim and the two women from the Kia to Harborview Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries. The shooting victim’s nephew, who was in the Suburban with him throughout the ordeal, was not injured.
Another innocent motorist who was driving southbound on I-5 got his windows shot out by a stray bullet fired by the suspects. That driver (who was the only one on board his vehicle) drove home to the West Seattle area and called 911. An officer responded and took a report on that incident and documented the property damage. The driver was not injured. Officers also discovered a parked car in the 5900 block of Beacon Avenue South with damage from gunfire.
The suspects and the suspect vehicle remain at large.
Washington State Patrol troopers responded to the I-5 South scene and are the lead investigators on the various collisions that occurred on I-5.
Seattle Police Gang Unit detectives will be handling the active and on-going criminal investigation.