According to Seattle Police Department (SPD), it was just before noon when numerous units responded to the 3800 block of South Ferdinand Street near Rainier Avenue South on a report of shots fired with a victim down.
“Upon arrival, officers learned there were no victims down at the scene and all suspects were gone,” wrote SPD spokesperson Renee Witt. “Officers immediately cordoned off the scene and began canvassing for witnesses and evidence.”
Apparently, two men got into a heated argument on the street that escalated into them shooting at each other. One of the suspects then chased the other eastbound on Ferdinand Street, then north through the alley with both suspects shooting at the other.
Witt added that the fleeing suspect got into a red Dodge Challenger and left northbound on 39th Ave S.
“It is believed a third suspect fired at the Challenger as it was leaving northbound,” she wrote. “The first suspect is believed to have left the area in a Black GMC SUV and the third suspect is believed to have left the area in a black BMW, unknown plate.”
Four different cars and a house were hit and 15-16 shell casings were recovered from the area.
Police say the Dodge Challenger was rented from Avis and returned to its Sea-Tac location about 30 minutes after the shooting.
The incident comes less than three weeks after another running gun battle outside a Rainier Beach elementary school and just two days after a family out for a bike ride had to take cover during a shootout on Beacon Hill.