A bloodied, bullet-ridden Volkswagen Jetta was found in front of a Central Area home Monday morning, according to Seattle police. At least three cases of multiple shots fired in the neighborhood have been reported this week, but police are trying to determine who might be involved in each incident and whether the shootings are connected.
Someone called police about the Volkswagen parked near 26th Avenue and East Yesler Way at about 7:30 a.m. Monday after spotting five bullet holes in the driver’s side, blood on the passenger seat, two shattered windows and a missing tire.
A trail of fluid and small debris from the car led officers back to Colman Park near Lake Washington, where four to six gunshots were reported to 911 dispatch eight hours before the car was found, according to Seattle police. Officers located the car’s owner who said the car had been stolen Sunday night in South Seattle about an hour before the reported shooting.
Talking to a resident of the home in front of which the car was parked didn’t offer much information on who was involved in the shooting either, police said. But the resident did say a woman he knows had shown up at the home after saying she’d been shot at and chased by another driver.
Two of the three Central District shootings reported this week happened on Tuesday, one near 26th Avenue and East Spring Street and one in the 2800 block of East Cherry Street. The latter shooting came close to hurting an infant and a mother who honked her car horn to shoo away a suspect firing in her direction.
Another shooting early Wednesday morning on the 700 block of 20th Avenue left at least 15 bullet holes in a home. Across the street from the home, officers found twenty-four 9mm spent shell casings.