The following information was compiled from Renton Police Department case reports.
A Metro bus was shot at March 10 on South Second Street after a young man yelled from outside at a male passenger, “Bitch, get off the bus. You robbed me,” and then tried to get on the bus.
The bus driver ordered the yelling man and another male with him to get off the bus and two passengers held out their arms to keep them from passing deeper into the bus. They finally left the bus and the young man in the back of the bus jumped to the floor.
As the driver pulled away, a gunshot was heard and a window shattered.
The two suspects had walked back and one formed a gun with his fingers, threatening to kill the passenger, who then pointed his hand back at them. One suspect then pulled a gun from his waistband and fired one round toward where the passenger was sitting.
The bullet didn’t pierce the passenger compartment, but the victim tapped the plexiglass, causing the bullet to fall out between the two panes of glass.
The victim fled toward Fred Meyer. A K9 track didn’t find the suspects, who had fled toward Renton High School.
A .32-caliber shell casing found at the scene was connected to a gun that had been fired into a residence in the 3000 block of Mill AvenueSouth on Feb. 2.
GRAFFITI DAMAGES VEHICLES: Thousands of dollars in damage was done at the Copper Ridge apartments March 22 when someone spray-painted gang-related graffiti on eight cars and on six buildings.
The graffiti was filled with expletives and gang-related words such as Crips and 187 Crab [a documentary about gang violence]. It was painted on various parts of the vehicles.
A witness first thought the suspect, a man in his 30s or 40s, 5-foot-7 to 5-foot-8 with a heavy build, was washing a windshield. Then he realized the man was spray painting parked vehicles with red paint.
The suspect fled in a dark-colored sedan.
DRUG STORE ROBBED: The Bartell’s drug store on Northeast Fourth Street was robbed by a heavy-set armed man March 24, who then fled in a U-Haul truck.
The robber was described about 23 years old, 300 pounds and blonde hair in a crew cut.
An officer apologized to a 53-year-old Renton man driving a U-Haul truck nearby after it became quickly apparent he didn’t match the suspect’s description. You’re just doing your job, the man told the officer.
Witnesses spotted the suspect concealing items in a bag as he walked through the store and informed employees. The suspect pulled a gun from his waistband when the employee asked what was in the bag.
The suspect threw the items in the back of the U-Haul and fled. Another witness followed the truck and obtained a license plate.