By Scott Schaefer A huge police turnout on and around SR 509 near where south Burien meets the SeaTac City limits was in response to an ‘active shooter’ who shot and hit four vehicles on the freeway Wednesday afternoon, June 13. The Washington State Patrol said that shots were fired on the freeway around 1:30 p.m., and that four vehicles traveling southbound were hit by a shooter who may have been hiding in the trees. Despite some dramatic damage to vehicles â€“ including one large bullet hole in a driver’s side window â€“ there were no injuries.
SR 509 was closed or very restricted most of the afternoon, and motorists were advised to stay away from the area. Troopers and police spent several hours searching for the shooter, and were asking anyone nearby to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity. AIRPORT RUNWAY CLOSED FOR 3 HOURS Washington State Patrol asked the FAA to close the westernmost runway (16R/34L) nearest the incident area out of an abundance of caution. It was closed from 3:05 â€“ 6:25 p.m. “There were no major impacts to operations as that is a slower period of the day for operations,” Perry Cooper, Sr. Manager, Media RelationsÂ told The B-Town Blog. “Air Traffic Control did have a couple of brief ground stops for inbound aircraft at their origination cities. Each lasted only about ten minutes. There could have been some specific arrival delays from those, but, again, nothing major airport-wide. If the incident had extended further into the evening, that would have had more impacts on the busy arrival period during the evening. Fortunately, it didnâ€™t extend out that far.” NO SUSPECT FOUND Despite the huge police response and search, no shooting suspect(s) has yet been found. WSP announced that it completed its investigation at 8:37 p.m. and that all lanes of the freeway were re-opened.
Renton SWAT team along with King County Guardian one – searching Sr-509 where vehicles were struck. WSP detectives on scene now, investigating damaged vehicles. pic.twitter.com/0qbZWPyHtcâ€” Trooper Rick Johnson (@wspd2pio) June 13, 2018
VIDEO OF SEARCH Here’s video released by @KCSOAirsupport showing some scenes from the intense search east of SR 509 near S. 168th Street on some abandoned roads near the airport, looking like a scene straight out of a war film with fully-armed police, K-9 units and even a drone scouring the landscape:
Sr-509 & 188th shooting scene investigation is complete. All lanes of Sr-509 are back open.â€” Trooper Rick Johnson (@wspd2pio) June 14, 2018
Burien resident Jennifer Fichamba sent us this photo â€“ which she took from her bedroom window â€“ showing an armed police sniper laying on top of an SUV on SR 509 aiming a long rifle during the intense search: Side streets were also heavily affected as traffic was re-routed off the freeway. VIDEO OF HUGE RESPONSE One witness who drove through the area on S. 188th Street near Des Moines Memorial Drive in SeaTac told The B-Town Blog that he saw numerous heavily-armed Troopers and police with high-powered rifles on the scene: [embed]https://youtu.be/EiNTbbnTZQ8[/embed] Here’s a short statement from Trooper Rick Johnson courtesy KING-5:
Clips of the search for the shooter that hit 4 vehicles along SR 509 near SeaTac airport. https://t.co/00lNlk0itBâ€” KCSOAirsupport (@KCSOAirsupport) June 14, 2018
UPDATE 6:30 p.m.: SWAT and aircraft have completed the search for the shooter, and Troopers are going to move onto SR 509 to search for evidence around the roadway:
WSP K-9’s & Detectives continue the search on Sr-509 for ballistic evidence after vehicles struck by gun fire. The right lane of NB Sr-509 remains closed during this investigation. pic.twitter.com/myvYfEZqKJâ€” Trooper Rick Johnson (@wspd2pio) June 14, 2018
#update Sr-509 & 188th Shooting. SWAT and Aircraft units have completed the search of the area for the shooter. WSP detectives are going to move onto SB Sr-509 to conduct a search for possible evidence around the roadway. WSP Explosive K-9’s will be assisting in this search.â€” Trooper Rick Johnson (@wspd2pio) June 14, 2018
Traffic will be getting back to normal. Thank you for your understanding during this event. The Washington State Patrol is the primary investigative agency. https://t.co/UWTCGyx76Eâ€” Burien Police (@BurienPD) June 14, 2018
UPDATE 5:35 p.m.: Homeland Protective Services has joined the ongoing search, along with K-9, SWAT and the Guardian One helicopter overhead:
#correction to Sr-509 closure. K-9’s and WSP Troopers will be searching on the NB side of Sr-509. The right lane of NB Sr-509 will be closed. All SB lanes of Sr-509 will be reopened.â€” Trooper Rick Johnson (@wspd2pio) June 14, 2018
Our Homeland Protective Services have arrived as well. K-9 units along with SWAT & aircraft support continue to diligently search the area for the shooter. pic.twitter.com/bP1Ommd3pAâ€” Trooper Rick Johnson (@wspd2pio) June 14, 2018
Highline Public Schools sent out the following email alert at 3:23 p.m.:
#update on Sr-509 shooting. Earlier reports from witnesses indicated additional shots fired. We are working to confirm the time line of the initial shooting with the report of additional shots fired. At this time we are advising additional shots are not confirmed.â€” Trooper Rick Johnson (@wspd2pio) June 13, 2018
Due to an incident on Highway 509 this afternoon buses may be delayed. Students are safe.
Thank you.Police set up a Command Post on S. 188th Street near Des Moines Memorial Drive.
LATEST UPDATE: @wspd2pio confirmed additional shots have been fired since the initial incident. Troopers and other law enforcement agencies are still searching the area. From now on, all info will come from Trooper Johnson’s account (@wspd2pio)â€” WA State Patrol (@wastatepatrol) June 13, 2018
The command post is very active, please avoid the area of 188th & Sr-509. Additional resources will continue to arrive. pic.twitter.com/wWa1BAa4KFâ€” Trooper Rick Johnson (@wspd2pio) June 13, 2018
188th & Sr-509 remains closed to all NB/SB traffic. Please be patient and avoid the area if at all possible. Searching the area for possible shooter. pic.twitter.com/PzwE1ZHl8uâ€” Trooper Rick Johnson (@wspd2pio) June 13, 2018
FYI: All lanes are shut down on SR 509 between 160th and Kent Des Moines Memorial Road for the shooting incident. There is no ETA for re-opening. https://t.co/4Jlwsrj0vJâ€” Trooper Rick Johnson (@wspd2pio) June 13, 2018
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Since the initial incident, there have been no additional shots fired and no injuries reported. Multiple law enforcement agencies are assisting in the search.â€” WA State Patrol (@wastatepatrol) June 13, 2018
Troopers and WSP aircraft are currently searching the area for the active shooter. Please remain vigilant and avoid the area. Weâ€™ll provide updates here as they come in. If you see any suspicious activity, please call 911.â€” WA State Patrol (@wastatepatrol) June 13, 2018
The WSP is investigating an active shooter incident along SR 509 involving 4 cars, no injuries. Motorists advised to stay away from area.â€” WA State Patrol (@wastatepatrol) June 13, 2018
All lanes near S 160th St on SB 509 are blocked for the incident.â€” WA State Patrol (@wastatepatrol) June 13, 2018
UPDATE: Now BOTH DIRECTIONS of SR 509 are blocked due to the incident near Sea-Tac. 🔷 = NB traffic being diverted to 188th. 🔶 = SB traffic being diverted to 160thPlease continue avoiding area pic.twitter.com/xYMv1HYwzP â€” WSDOT Traffic (@wsdot_traffic) June 13, 2018
‼AVOID SB SR 509 BY SEA-TAC‼All lanes near S 160th St are blocked for an incident. No ETA on when lanes will reopen.Use alternate routes if you normally drive through here! For questions about incident, reach out to @wspd2pio. â€” WSDOT Traffic (@wsdot_traffic) June 13, 2018
As traffic exits 509 Burien surface streets will become quite crowded. We are working with WSP to deal with this. Thanks for your understanding. https://t.co/3n6fSWS2f5â€” Burien Police (@BurienPD) June 13, 2018
Burien police at intersection of Des Moines Memorial Dr. South and S. 168th St. They’re set up to block the Corridor as active shooter investigation continues pic.twitter.com/bDiNX9Y21Tâ€” Natalie Swaby (@NSwabyKing5) June 13, 2018