Police Arrest Teen For Drive-By Shooting, Find Toddler In Backseat

After stopping a 16-year-old driver following a drive-by shooting outside a South Seattle community center Tuesday night, police found a handgun on the backseat of a car, next to a toddler strapped into a car seat.

Around 4:30 PM, bike patrol officers working an emphasis near Rainier Avenue South and South Henderson Street heard gunshots in the vicinity of the Rainier Beach Community Center nearby.

As they pedaled to the scene, the officers saw a grey Buick sedan, driven by the 16-year-old suspect, speeding away from the scene.

Police stopped the Buick near Seward Park Avenue South and South Fisher Place and took the driver into custody. Officers found a handgun in the backseat of the car, and took custody of the two-year-old child, before turning him over to his grandmother. Officers also interviewed and released two female passengers, 22 and 17 years old.

Officers booked the 16-year-old driver into the Youth Service Center and SPD Gang Unit detectives are investigating the incident.

No one was injured in the incident.