Police Increasing Patrols After Early Morning Gunfire Near South Seattle School

Police have increased patrols around a Rainier Beach elementary school after staff reported hearing gunfire early Wednesday morning.

Staff and students at a preschool housed inside Emerson Elementary—in the 9600 block of 60th Avenue S—briefly sheltered in place around 6:30 AM after calling 911 to report the gunshots.

Witnesses reported seeing a gold vehicle—with its alarm sounding and lights flashing—and a second vehicle, possibly a Dodge, fleeing the scene.

Officers searched the neighborhood and found shell casings about a block from the school, but did not locate and victims or damage.

Police do not believe the school or students were targeted in the shooting, but the department is increasing patrols in the area while officers investigate the case.

If you have any information about this incident, please call 911 and make a report.