'Road rage' may have triggered shooting near Woodmere School
On Monday, March 28, at 4:01 p.m., East Precinct officers were sent to a "Suspicious-with Weapon" report â€“ initially reported at the corner of S.E. Duke Street and 78th Avenue.
This incident turned out to be far more than that. In fact, it looked like a "car-chase shoot-out" â€“ which, in fact, it apparently was. In three different areas, spent bullet shell casings were discovered by officers.
The first group of cartridges was indeed found at the Duke-78th intersection â€“ at the corner of Woodmere Elementary School. However, classes were not in session at that hour.
"I didn't see it, but I heard cars driving fast â€“ like they were going [west on Duke Street] from 82nd Avenue â€“ and hitting the speed bumps, and then gunshots," neighbor Steve Barth told THE BEE. "I took my time getting out to take a look, because I didn't want to get shot â€“ by then they were gone; they drove on."
The second shooting site was also along S.E. Duke Street, a half block east of 78th Avenue.
The third and final area where shots were fired was a half mile away â€“ and southwest of the other two locations, on S.E. 72nd Avenue near Cooper Street.
After East Precinct officers had cordoned off all these crime scenes, members of the new "Focused Intervention Team" (FIT) investigated and documented the evidence.
"Investigating officers learned that, in this incident, an occupant or occupants of a car was shooting while chasing two victims (one adult male and one adult female) in another car," Sgt. Allen told THE BEE.
"The victims were not injured, and reported that it started out as a case of road rage," he remarked. No immediate arrests have been made, and the case is being investigated.
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