Police looking into possible gang ties to Skyway traffic stop shooting



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Posted on May 7, 2014 at 6:46 PM

Updated Wednesday, May 7 at 6:48 PM

SEATTLE -- Investigators are looking into whether Tuesday night's shooting during a traffic stop in Skyway is tied to gang affiliations.

It started when King County sheriff's deputies pulled over two men in a Porsche Cayenne on South 116th and 72nd Avenue South for expired tabs. All of a sudden, gunfire came from about a half a block away, sending both police and people in the car ducking for cover.

"For someone to shoot at a car when deputies are out of the car at a traffic stop, whether they're shooting at the deputies or people in the car, which is probably a little more likely, it's very unusual and very brazen," said Sheriff John Urquhart. "And there were lots of shots fired."

With a series of recent shootings and homicides in Skyway and Seattle's Central District, Urquhart says gang unit investigators in his office and Seattle Police Department are in frequent contact. The SPD gang unit was on scene Tuesday night in Skyway to assist.

"We're certainly looking at gang ties not only to the shooter but the people in the car," he said.

At least five bullets hit a nearby apartment building. One of the tenants said she has had enough.

"It's time to move, definitely time to move," said Theresa Croone. "I have a 17 year old and I can't be gambling with her safety like this."

Urquhart says he is increasing patrols in the Skyway area with both marked and unmarked cars, but he would not specify numbers.

He says they have no leads on Tuesday night's shooter, who they believe fired the shots and then jumped into a getaway car.