Driver bruised by bullet, passenger arrested on drug charges after shots fired at car

October 5, 2010 

A 19-year-old driver suffered only a bruised right shoulder but his female passenger was arrested for suspected cocaine after multiple shots were fired at their car in Seattle's Ballard neighborhood early Tuesday, according to the Seattle Police.

Officers responded to a report of shots being fired at a car in the area of N.W. 77th St. and 24th Ave. N.W. shortly after midnight. Police noted that the rear window of the car was shattered, a bullet had pierced the driver's side headrest and it appeared that at least two bullets had struck the rear bumper. One bullet hit the driver in the shoulder but didn't penetrate the skin. The man and his 19-year-old female passenger provided the following account of the chain of events:

They said they were driving around the neighborhood when two white men in a gray Mazda - one in a black sweatshirt, the other wearing a gray sweatshirt - confronted them and got out of the car and pointed a handgun at them. The victims tried to flee the area by driving down side streets.

They said the two men found them again and started "ramming" the car with their car. The 19-year-old man was able to turn around his car and drive off, but the suspects were able to fire off three rounds.

Police did not observe any damage to the front of the victim's car that would indicate that it had been rammed nor could either victim provide a location of the incident.

Investigating officers noticed a dark-colored car with two people parked near the intersection. Officers believe they were intently watching the police activity. They drove off after they noticed they had been spotted.

Police followed the vehicle and determined the suspects matched the descriptions given by the victims. They were arrested after the victim positively identified them.

During questioning at the precinct, the two suspects insisted that they were just driving by when they saw the activity and pulled over to take a look. No weapon was found in their car or in their possession. The victims also were not able to provide basic details about the incident to police. The two men were eventually released.

While giving a statement at the precinct, the woman asked officers to get her cigarettes from the car. Police found a small baggie of suspected cocaine inside the cigarette pack where she had been sitting. She was booked into the King County Jail on drug charges.

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