Four vehicles hit by gunfire on the highway in the vicinity of Washington in Seattle-Tacoma International Airport



Bullets strike the cars on the Washington state highway

The highway exit, runway at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport closed after gunfire hits cars on the State Route 509.

The authorities are looking for whoever opened fire on four vehicles on a highway in the state of Washington near Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on Wednesday.

The Washington State Patrol said the shooting happened in the southern lanes of the State Route 509 to the west side of the airport around 1:30 p.m., and all the vehicles were hit by bullets on the driver’s side.

No injuries were reported.

“We are looking for a person out of the tree line area,” State Trooper Rick Johnson told Q13 FOX. “We do not believe that the shots were fired from another vehicle.”

Damage to a vehicle after it was struck by a bullet on a highway in the vicinity of Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on Wednesday.

(Washington State Patrol District 2 )

The shooting was a massive response from the law enforcement agencies as they searched by air and by foot to find out who was responsible.

The authorities closed the highway in both directions for five hours, and Sea-Tac Airport shut down a runway during the research, although no flights were delayed or cancelled.

Authorities investigating after four vehicles were hit by gunfire on the State Route 509 in the vicinity of Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on Wednesday.

(Washington State Patrol District 2 )

State troopers said none of the victims knew each other, and the shootings seemed to be random.

“In my memory, I can’t remember something like this,” Johnson said.

SR 509 near Sea-Tac is still closed in both directions as a result of an emergency incident. No ETA on reopening. Drivers should continue to avoid the area and use alt-routes.

? = NB traffic is diverted to 188th
? = SB traffic is diverted to 160th

— WSDOT Traffic (@wsdot_traffic), June 14, 2018

One of the drivers whose vehicle was shot, told Q13 FOX that, she was in shock after the incident.

“All of a sudden something hit my car and that was a big tree, and then I realized what it was,” Maria Ertl said. Ertl, the car had a bullet hole in its windshield, said they quickly got the way to call the police.

The location where a vehicle was struck by a bullet Wednesday in Washington, near Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

(Washington State Patrol District 2 )


“It just went everywhere. I don’t know, my whole car was just full of dust and glass,” she told Q13 FOX.

Another driver, Mike Luiz, said the bullet struck somewhere in his seat.

“It sounded like you ran over a rock, a big rock, but there was a large bounce to the car as something bounced up and hit the car, it was loud,” he said.

State Patrol are asking that any witnesses contact them if they were on the SR 509 for 2 hours, and Wednesday and saw someone or a group of people walking along the road near the airport.

Travis Fedschun is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter @travfed

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