There were multiple reports of shots fired around the area of the park and elementary school at Corson Avenue South and South Snoqualmie last night around 9:30 p.m. As officers arrived in the area they could still hear the shots being fired. Multiple officers arrived and then entered the park to locate the shooters.
Officers located three suspects shooting a rifle and a handgun. When the suspects saw the officers, they began running and the foot pursuit ensued. Two of the suspects threw the rifle over a fence as officers closed in on them.
At that point, one of the suspects fled across the northbound lanes of I-5 before stopping at the railing overlooking southbound I-5. The officer in pursuit had stopped along the eastside of I-5 and yelled at the suspect, “Stop, don’t do it!” The suspect looked back and jumped over the railing and fell approximately 40-50 feet into the blackberry bushes below. Officers entered the greenbelt from Airport Way South below and located the suspect, unresponsive. Seattle Fire responded and treated the suspect at the scene.
While this was occurring, another officer from above the scene advised that he had seen the second suspect running under I-5. A K9 unit responded and located the second suspect, also unresponsive, a short distance away from the first suspect. Both men were transported by SFD to Harborview Medical Center, the first with life-threatening injuries.
A third suspect, a juvenile male, was caught almost immediately near the original scene. The rifle was recovered on the other side of the fence, as well as 20 + shell casings. The juvenile male was later booked into the Youth Services Center for Investigation of VUFA. It is unknown what the suspects were shooting at.
The location looks directly over I-5, but there were no reports of any vehicles struck. CSI and Homicide detectives responded to assist in processing the scene.