There were no reported injuries as bursts of gunfire rattled the area around 23rd and Jackson and put nearby schools in lockdown Wednesday afternoon.
Seattle Police rushed to the reported shooting scene near 23rd and Main just after 2 PM after a report of dozens of gunshots. According to East Precinct radio dispatches, police were searching for two to three suspects reportedly armed with handguns seen by witnesses as the melee broke out. Some witnesses reported that the shooters appeared to be juveniles and at least one possible suspect was reportedly riding a bicycle as he fled the scene. Police were also looking for vehicles possibly involved in the shootout.
Nearby Washington Middle School went into “shelter in place” status following the shooting according to SPD radio reports. Garfield High School was also briefly locked down during the SPD response.
Police found no victims at the scene and were continuing to collect evidence in the area.
CHS reported here on SPD’s efforts to curb gun violence in Seattle in the midst of continued shootings around the Central District and Capitol Hill including a homicide in Cal Anderson Park.
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