Police investigate shootout in First Hill alley — UPDATE

A picture from above provided by a CHS reader shows multiple shell casings and evidence markers spread throughout the alley and the vehicle that was apparently targeted in the shootout

Gunfire echoed through the streets of First Hill late Tuesday night in a shootout in an alley that left a car shot up and leaking gasoline but apparently no victims.

Police reported hearing the gunshots and multiple 911 callers reported up to 10 shots in a bout of gunfire around 10:35 PM near Boren and James, according to East Precinct radio updates.

SPD says it will have more information on the shooting later today.

According to radio updates, witnesses described a silver Mercedes occupied by two shooters and a driver and last seen speeding away from the scene in the alley below the Broadstone Saxton apartment building.

One eyewitness tells CHS the targeted vehicle had a bullbar style push bumper and had at least two bullet holes in the rear windshield and was leaking gasoline. UPDATE: Police say the car was a security patrol vehicle and provided a brief report on the incident:

Police are investigating after three gunmen opened fire on a security guard’s empty vehicle late Tuesday evening on First Hill. At 10:39 pm, police received multiple reports of gunfire in the 1000 block of James Street. When officers arrived on scene, they found a grey Dodge Charger, belonging to a private security company, which had been damaged by gunfire.

Police say the security guard pulled his vehicle into the alleyway and got out of his car to move a mattress which was blocking his path. “As he was outside of the car, three gunmen opened fire from both ends of the alley, striking his vehicle,” police write.

A witness told CHS that police had been called earlier around 10 PM to remove a homeless person who had reportedly put a bunch of garbage and a mattress in front of the garage entrance.

Seattle Fire was called to deal with the spilling fuel. A window of the apartment building was also reported shot out.

Reports that a security guard had been hit in the crossfire turned out to be incorrect.

Police were searching the area for the shooter vehicle and at least one other possibly involved car and had images from the incident to help identify the suspects. No immediate arrests were reported.

There were no reported significant injuries.

The gunfire incident follows a massive police response on Capitol Hill Monday night in which a man was reportedly shot multiple times and rushed from Broadway and Howell to Harborview in an incident that police continue to investigate. UPDATE: Police now say the Monday night shooting… was not a shooting.

 

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