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Train Damaged In Shooting at Rainier Beach Light Rail Station

A Sound Transit light rail train and the platform at the Rainier Beach station were struck by gunfire Thursday after a man fired shots at two people sitting on a bench.  There were no injuries.

Shortly before 12:30 pm, officers responded to the Sound Transit station at Martin Luther King Jr. Way S. and South Henderson Street for reports of shots fired. Witnesses described a black male, in his 20’s to 30’s, wearing a black hat, black jacket and dark pants fire a handgun toward the platform.  Two individuals had been sitting on a bench on the platform, and Gang Unit detectives are investigating whether they may have been the intended target of the incident. Police have not yet spoken to the two individuals, as they fled the area following the shooting and have not yet contacted police to make a report.

Officers conducted an area search for the suspect, but he has not been located. Seattle police are being assisted by King County Sheriff’s Office and Sound Transit in gathering more details about the incident. If you have any information about this case, please contact Seattle police at (206) 625-5011.