Detectives Investigating Five Overnight Shootings

SPD’s patrol and detective units are working to investigate five shootings overnight. A 29-year-old man and 15-year-old girl both sustained serious injuries in two of the incidents. 

In the first incident, around 4:30 PM, police received a report of gunfire near Garfield High School. Witnesses described seeing teenagers running from the scene and said a male suspect fled eastbound on East Jefferson Street. 

Officers found shell casings near a door on the school’s campus, and another set nearby, likely indicating two people had exchanged gunfire. Police found evidence the gunmen had fired around three dozen shots in the incident. 

No one was injured in the shooting, but officers found bullet damage to a nearby home and two vehicles.  

Later in the evening, around 8:15 p.m., police received a call from a motorist who said a suspect had fired a gun at them from a black sedan, in an apparent incident of road rage on SR 509 near the 1st Avenue Bridge. The victim was not injured in the shooting.  

Forty-five minutes later, at 9:00 p.m., police received a report of a shooting at 3rd Avenue and Pike. When police arrived, the victim was gone, but arrived at Harborview Medical Center a short time later with serious injuries. 

10 minutes later, in Rainier Beach, a passenger in a grey sedan opened fire on another motorist. No one was injured. 

Finally, at 3:30 this morning, police found a 15-year-old girl with gunshot wounds to her legs inside a stolen, bullet-riddled Jeep in the 4200 block of South Eddy Street. The injured girl, and another teenage girl in the car, were evasive about the circumstances of the shooting, but police found more than two dozen rounds had been fired at a shooting scene several blocks away. Officers found a gun near the scene, and a ski mask and bulletproof vest in the stolen Jeep. Police also found a large stack of cash, with an apparent hole from a bullet.  

While the department continues to operate with reduced capacity due to historically low staffing levels, SPD continues to focus on addressing gun violence in our city. Earlier this week, police seized a handgun during an operation targeting street drug dealing. In a separate case, SPD—in partnership with the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms—arrested a suspect on a federal warrant and recovered a handgun. 

SPD will also meet with Seattle Public Schools to ensure the safety of students and faculty on campuses. 

If you have any information about these shootings, or any other details that can help police deter gun violence in our community, please call the SPD Violent Crimes Tip Line at 206-233-5000.