Rash of violence, gunfire has Rainier Beach residents on edge

SEATTLE -- It has become an unfortunate yet familiar sound for Bill Carter.

"It's not the first time in this neighborhood," Carter said of the gunshots that rang out on his block Monday night.

Two two homes and a car were sprayed by bullets, and police say .45 caliber bullet casings were found at the scene.

A man who says he was a target of the shooter called 911. His description of the suspect's car led police to two arrests.

"There were handguns seen on the floor of the car. The front seat passenger and the driver were both convicted felons," said Drew Fowler with the Seattle Police Department.

It's been a harrowing period since last week. The recent increase in violence in the Rainier Beach area has led police to increase their presence. At least 50 rounds were fired on Rainier Avenue in a single night, and another night it was 60 rounds on 56th Avenue South.

Police are investigating whether the suspects are connected to those shootings. Bill Carter hopes they are so his family can rest a little easier.

"We have an elementary school just around the corner," he said. "I'm praying that this is the same guy and maybe we'll be able to turn back to a normal neighborhood."

Anyone with information regarding any of those cases is asked to come forward. Fowler says it's what made all the difference in this latest case.

"Someone stepped up and let themselves be known and they gave us information as to the suspect vehicle that was absolutely a lynchpin in finding these suspects and making the arrests," he said.