A conflict began with eye contact in Seward Park and passed through nearly the entire length of Beacon Hill along the way, ending with a man shot, multiple vehicle collisions, and closure of I-5 southbound last night.
According to police, the situation began at about 4 p.m. at a festival in Seward Park where the victim and suspects made eye contact. The 20-year-old male victim, with his 17-year-old nephew, then went to park his car outside the park, and noticed the suspects following him in a gray or green car. The victim then tried to get away from the suspects, who followed in a car chase over Beacon Hill.
The suspects began shooting at the victim in the 9000 block of Beacon Avenue South. Shots were also fired by the suspects at Beacon Avenue South and South Juneau Street, and it appears that the suspects fired again at South Columbian Way and South Spokane Street.
The chase then continued onto I-5 South, where the suspects shot at the victim again as they were passing Boeing Field. This time, a shot struck the victim in the shoulder. The victim’s vehicle collided with a Kia occupied by two women, both unconnected with the ongoing altercation. The Kia driver lost control of the car, hit another innocent motorist’s Toyota, then flipped over.
The shooting victim did not have a firearm, and there is no indication that he every shot back at the suspects or their vehicle, police say. He was transported to Harborview along with the two women from the Kia with non-life-threatening injuries. The victim’s 17-year-old nephew was not injured, nor was the driver of the Toyota.
Another innocent driver’s car was struck by a stray bullet and his windows were shot out. He was uninjured and drove back home to West Seattle to call 911. A parked car in the 5900 block of Beacon Avenue was also found with gunfire damage.
The suspects are still at large.
See a video report by Beacon Hill Blog news partners KOMOnews.com here.
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