With the city on edge after a string of senseless gun violence, police report that three suspects were arrested in South Seattle early this morning after officers in the parking lot of Stan S. Sayres Memorial Park reported hearing "several" gunshots nearby.
According to SPD Detective Mark Jamieson:
... at approximately 3:25 am, officers were in the parking area of Stan Sayers [sic] Pits when they heard several shots being fired. Officers noted that there was only one car on Lake Washington Boulevard South at that time of the morning. The car, a 2001 BMW 540 was driving southbound along Lake Washington Blvd. S. Officers caught up with the BMW near South Genesee and conducted a stop of the car. Once there were enough officers at the scene, the occupants were removed from the car. Officers noted that it appeared that a semi-automatic handgun was underneath the front passenger seat. The occupants were all placed under arrest and the BMW was impounded to the processing room pending a search warrant.
The suspects, a 26 year old female, a 25 year old male, and a 19 year old male all stated that they didn't know anything about any shots fired. They were later booked into the King County Jail for unlawful discharge of a weapon. Officers returned to the area of the shots fired and conducted an area search for any injured persons or property damage, but did not locate any.
Seattle Times published a roundup of the recent Seattle-area gun violence over the weekend, which includes the tragic Central Area killing of Justin Ferrari last Thursday, a man shot in the leg at the Seattle Center Saturday night, four reported drive-by shootings in South Seattle Sunday morning, and the Pioneer Square murder of 21-year-old Nicole Westbrook in late April.