A teen was arrested following a high speed car chase and crash but fortunately nobody was hit as gunfire rang out in a Monday afternoon shootout alongside the Central District’s Powell Barnett Park.
The 911 calls in the just after 3:30 PM incident reported Labor Day park visitors “scattering” as multiple shots were fired in the area. Vehicles were reported leaving the scene following the gunfire.
Police spotted a black towncar style vehicle speeding from the area that matched the description of a vehicle stolen at gunpoint in SeaTac last week. An officer in pursuit reported that the car collided with another vehicle near Dearborn and 7th Ave S where two occupants reportedly bailed out and tried to escape on foot.
One teenage suspect was quickly apprehended by police but a long search of the area for the second suspect — described as a heavy set black male around 6′ and wearing a black puffy jacket and a red t-shirt — was not successful. Police also recovered a revolver on the ground near the crash scene. UPDATE: SPD says a third suspect also evaded officers.
Seattle Fire was called to treat injuries suffered by the occupants of the vehicle the towncar collided with. The suspect also required medical treatment, according to Seattle Police radio dispatches.
There were no injuries reported at Powell Barnett Park where officers were busy marking shell casings and collecting evidence.
A Seattle Police spokesperson said the department will provide more details on the incident soon.
The incident continues a wave of gun violence hitting Seattle this summer. On Sunday, August 30th, a man suffered serious injuries when he was shot in a reported gunfight outside the Douglass-Truth library near 24th and Yesler. East Precinct and City Hall representatives met with community members in August at a neighborhood crime meeting to discuss recent gun violence. There has been a 23% increase in reports of shots fired this year in Seattle.
UPDATE: Here is SPD’s post about the incident. We have updated our original report to include the third suspect:
Officers arrested a teen Monday after reports of gunfire and a car speeding away from a Central District park.
Witnesses called 911 shortly after 3:30 p.m. Monday when they heard gunshots near Martin Luther King Jr. Way and E. Alder St. The witnesses reported seeing a black Lincoln Towncar driving away immediately following the shots.
Officer Jennifer Gardner spotted the town car, which had been taken in a recent car jacking, driving away from the area. The Towncar sped away only to crash into another car in the 800 block of S. Dearborn St. Three people fled from the Towncar as officers flooded the area.
Officer Adam Merritt was searching the area when one of the suspects ran past his patrol car. Officer Merritt chased the 18-year-old suspect eventually taking him into custody in the 1100 block of Airport Way S.
Officers located 7 shell casings at Powell Barnett Park and a revolver under a bush at 7 Ave. S. and S. Dearborn St.
Officers continued to search but were unable to locate the other two suspects.