Police investigated a string of gun-related crimes across the Central District and near the I-5 greenbelt Sunday night. In one incident documented in this account sent to CHS, an exchange of gunfire sent bullets into nearby residences at 15th and Cherry:
There was shooting incident yesterday in the Central District at 15th and Cherry at about 6 pm. Luckily, no one was hurt. About 10 gun shots rang out yesterday at the corner of 15th and Cherry. One assailant was hiding behind a car parked in the driveway. The other shooter or shooters were in the street. No shouting noise or cars were heard or seen and no other people were in the street during the time of the shooting. Three shots went through the parked car that the shooter was hiding behind. At least three others went into the neighboring house: one through the window, and two through the walls and into the house. Another stray bullet went into another neighbors upstairs window. An electrical line was also shot down. Additional gunfire was also reported shortly after on 14th between Columbia and Marion.
The neighbor tells CHS 911 callers believed the shooters to be “unrelated to this area.” KOMO reports that windows of the nearby Northwest Kidney Center were also shot out in the incident.
Police told residents the shooting might have been part of an ongoing gun fight as there were were many reports in the neighborhood.
Just prior to After the 15th/Cherry gun battle, there were reports of gunshots heard near 29th and Yesler.
There were no reported injuries.
Meanwhile, East Precinct officers shut down the streets of S Dearborn near I-5 late Sunday night after a report that a man who had threatened a victim with a gun was in a tent underneath the freeway in the greenbelt. Police geared up to search for and approach the tent in the dark and overgrown area. SPD tells us they made contact with the suspect who was described as cooperative and that no gun was found. There were no arrests.
UPDATE: SPD has posted a brief on the Central District gunfire incidents reporting that a gun was recovered but that there have been no arrests:
Police recovered a gun and a loaded pistol magazine Sunday night in the Central District after homes and vehicles were struck by gunfire in two different shootings.
In the first incident, two men opened fire on an SUV at 15th and Cherry around 6:30 pm before fleeing. At the scene, officers found more than two dozen shell casings from at least two different guns, and recovered a loaded pistol magazine from the street. Two homes, a car, and a medical facility were struck by gunfire in the incident.
About a half hour after police responded to the shooting at 15th and Cherry, officers received another report of gunfire at 29th and Yesler, where they arrived to find an abandoned, bullet-riddled car crashed into a tree.
Witnesses told police a gunman had run behind a nearby home, where police later recovered a discarded handgun, which matched shell casings found on a nearby street.
Two vehicles were struck by gunfire in the incident, including the one found crashed into a tree.
Police have not yet established a connection between the two shootings. Gang detectives are investigating.