BURIEN, Wash. — Four cars have been struck by gunfire near Sea-Tac Airport in what the Washington State Patrol is terming an “active shooter incident.”
No one has been hurt, but the gunman remains at large.
The shooting took place along SR-509 near the south side of the airport sometime around 1:30 p.m., troopers said.
One of the bullets went through the windshield of Mary Ertl’s car.
“I heard a boom and then glass all over my face,” she said. “I thought it was a rock until I looked at the passenger side, and then I knew it was a bullet… So I slowed down, and called police.”
Troopers have shut down both directions of SR-509 at S. 160th Street and have given no estimate when it will reopen. Also, the western most runway at Sea-Tac Airport has been closed “out of an abundance of caution,” according to airport spokesperson Perry Cooper. He added the airport wasn’t expecting any delays from the runway closure.
Trooper Rick Johnson says they are investigating witness reports of possible additional shots fired since the original incident but so far have not confirmed any additional shots have been fired at this time. Troopers, Renton SWAT officers and aircraft are searching the region for the shooter and are asking those in the area to “please remain vigilant and avoid the area” and if you see any suspicious activity, to call 911.
Another driver who’s car was hit showed a bullet hole in his driver’s side door.
“Was just about to go back to the office and just heard a loud bang,” said Mike Luiz. “The bullet hole is through the bottom part of the door and went into the seat — so the bullet’s in the seat somewhere.
“I feel like I was more lucky because where the bullet hole entered and exited,” he continued. “Some of the other people had higher-up shots fired on them.”
In the meantime, drivers are grateful no one was hurt.
“We’re all still standing,” Ertl said. “We’re all still alive.”