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01-11-22 Shots fired west of campus

Notification of Criminal Incident – Seattle Campus
January 11, 2022
Shots fired west of campus

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On Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022, at about 12:20 a.m., Seattle police responded to the area of the 4300 block of Brooklyn Ave. NE to reports of shots being fired. An individual fired a handgun in the air in a westerly direction from that location. After firing the shots, the person got into a blue sedan-style car, driven by another individual, and left the location south on University Way NE. There were no reported injuries as a result of the shots being fired.

If you witnessed this incident or have additional information about this crime or the suspect, please call the Seattle Police Department at 206-625-5011. The Seattle Police Department case report number is 2022-8382. To report a crime in progress, or other suspicious activities or persons, call 911.

Crime prevention tips for similar incidents:

Be aware of your surroundings and what is going on around you.
Seek cover immediately, or run away from suspected gunfire.
Remove yourself from potentially dangerous situations as soon as possible.
Call 911.
If you suspect criminal activity, here is some helpful information to pass on to the police:

Clothing descriptors: Look for layers under the visible layer, other distinctive identifiers, etc.
Physical characteristics: Height, weight, eye and hair color, mannerisms, scars or tattoos.
Vehicle descriptors: Color, model, make, number of occupants, direction of travel, license plate.
Contact the University of Washington Police Community Engagement Unit at 206-685-1916 for additional crime prevention information.