Renton Police Department had their hands full right before New Year’s Day as reports came in about a drive-by shooting and car chase that turned into an accident.
Police responded to reports of a drive-by shooting on the morning of Dec. 30 near the 100 block of South Fourth Place.
After reports of gunfire, police arrived at the scene to only find multiple shell casings and no sign of the suspects. The area between Rainier Avenue and Shattuck Avenue South were closed for two hours for investigation.
According to witnesses, suspects from two vehicles were shooting at each other. Suspects had left the scene by the time police arrived. As far as police can tell, there were no injuries.
One of the vehicles was a yellow Porsche Cayenne, and the other was a gray SUV.
There is no further suspect information at this time.
On Dec. 29, reports came in regarding two vehicles chasing each other and shots fired in the Highlands. When RPD units arrived on scene, there was a two-car accident at the intersection of Sunset Boulevard Northeast and Northeast 12th Street, causing extensive damage at the Union 76 gas station.
Witnesses stated three people ran from the car-at-fault, which was later found to be a stolen vehicle. The driver in the other car was taken to Valley Medical Center for non-life threatening injuries.
One of the suspects in the stolen vehicle who ran from the scene was apprehended by officers. He complained of injuries sustained during the accident but refused treatment.
Since officers were unable to prove his involvement in the crime, the suspect was released at the scene.
Police later found spent cartridges on Northeast 10th Street from the reported shooting.
If you have any information regarding any of the above cases, contact the RPD at 425-235-2121.