UW Police

September 26, 2021

9-26-21 Reports of shots fired — no reported injuries

Notification of Criminal Incident — Seattle Campus
September 26, 2021
Reports of shots fired — no reported injuries

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On Sunday, Sept. 26, 2021, at about 1:07 a.m., Seattle and UW police responded to reports of possible shots fired in the area of NE 47th St. and 21st Ave. NE. There was also a second report of shots being fired in the area of NE 50th St., and 16th Ave. NE around the same time period. Seattle police investigating the reports did find evidence of a handgun having been fired in the area. There were no reported injuries.

At this time, there is minimal information available about the incident, the suspected shooter(s), and/or any vehicle involved. The incident is being investigated by the Seattle Police Department, SPD report # 21-253870.

If you witnessed this incident or have any additional information about this crime please call the Seattle Police Department at (206) 625-5011 and reference the report number above.

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.
  • Lie flat on the ground, seek cover immediately, or run away from the sound of 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.