All of the recent gun violence in the U.S. over the past year has been just plain scary. From Ian Stawicki's shooting rampage around Seattle this past summer that left six people (including himself) dead to the recent school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., it's clear the shooting needs to stop now.
Unfortunately incidents of gunfire in public places are still a reality.
Last night at least six shots were fired inside the King County Metro bus tunnel near the Westlake Station. No one was injured and police currently do not have any information on who shot the bullets.
At around 11:40 p.m. yesterday evening two SPD officers in Westlake Park began hearing gunshots coming from inside the bus tunnel. On their way to investigate the suspicious activity, the officers came across several people fleeing the tunnel's exit on Pine Street and running southbound. When they entered the tunnel along with King County Sheriff's deputies, six bullet casings and fragments were present on the Mezzanine level.
None of the witnesses who officials have talked to actually saw shots being fired. The case is still under investigation.
As Detective Mark Jamieson's SPD Blotter post notes:
At about 11:40 pm last night, two West Precinct bicycle officers were patrolling Westlake Park when they heard several gunshots coming from inside the tunnel. They immediately broadcast that information on the police radio, and headed into the tunnel to investigate as additional officers responded to the scene. The officers saw several people fleeing the tunnel exit onto Pine Street and run southbound onto Third Avenue. Officers stopped one person who stated that he heard the shots, but did not witness the actual shooting.
Officers could not locate any actual witnesses to the shots fired. Seattle Police and King County Sheriff's Office deputies worked together as six bullet casings and bullet fragments were recovered from the Mezzanine level at the bottom of the South escalator. Detectives are now reviewing surveillance video from inside the tunnel and surrounding businesses that may assist in identifying the suspect.