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Shots Fired Near Van Asselt Community Center

Officers hearing shots fired near a South Seattle community center located a handgun and spent shell casings upon further investigation.  

On January 28th at approximately 7:12 p.m. officers at the South Precinct heard the sound of gunshots fired from the direction of the Van Asselt Community Center, and immediately responded to the area of the 2800 block of South Myrtle Street. Officers were also flagged down near the precinct by two subjects who also reported shots fired.

Officers observed two subjects running in the 2800 block of South Myrtle Street and detained them. The two stopped were known to officers from previous contact and have been known to carry guns in the past.

Upon further investigation officers located a loaded handgun on the southwest corner of the community center building. Officers also located empty shell casings matching the caliber of the found handgun on the north side of South Frontenac Street in the 2800 block. The gun and shell casings were photographed and placed into evidence.

Officers located two male victim/witnesses of the incident, a 14-year-old male and a 23-year-old male, who were not injured. The two witnesses were unable to positively identify the two subjects that were detained.

After identifying and interviewing the two subjects, both 20-year-old males, officers released them from the scene pending further investigation.