I-5 southbound was closed for nearly two hours while police investigated an apparent shooting and related multiple-vehicle accident.
At least three people were injured in the incident, including one man who was shot. Police are looking for a green, Chrysler Sebring.
Just after 4:10 p.m., police dispatchers received a report of an exchange of gunfire between two vehicles southbound on I-5. Moments later, a three-vehicle crash, involving one SUV and at least one other car, was reported, which police believe are related to the gunfire, said Washington State Patrol Trooper Julie Judson.
The incident started shortly after 4 p.m. when police recieved a report of shots fired, said Seattle Police Detective Jeff Kappel. The altercation started at a festival in Seward Park, on Lake Washington. Two groups left the festival, one in the Chrysler and the other in a blue SUV. They began exchanging gunfire between their vehicles near Columbian Way South and South Spokane Street.
The cars continued onto I-5 southbound, perhaps still shooting at each other, Kappel said, according to “extremely preliminary” reports.
On the freeway, one of the cars collided with an innocent bystander vehicle, flipping it over. KOMO-TV described one vehicle, apparently the innocent bystander vehicle, as a silver Kia. The driver was the only occupant, and he was only slightly injured, said Judson.
A blue SUV was also seen flipped over on I-5. An SUV was being towed from the scene at 5:30 p.m.
A man in his 20s in one of the suspect vehicles, an SUV, was shot in the shoulder and transported to Harboview, according to a spokesman for the Seattle Fire Department. The man’s injuries were serious, but not life-threatening.
A minivan was also apparently caught up in the fracas and flipped. Firefighters extricated two women in their 20s from the vehicle. Both women were transported to Harborview with minor injuries. “Everybody else involved … is apparently at large,” Kappel said, warning that all the information is very preliminary.
I-5 was already busy with traffic leaving the Seattle Mariners game, which concluded late in the afternoon.
I-5 was closed until just before 6 p.m. as investigators search for shell casings, “which tend to bounce all over the place,” said Judson. Seattle Police and the WSP are investigating.
“We have a tremendous amount of resources devoted to this,” Kappel said.