Shots fired at W. Seattle home for second time in 1 week

SEATTLE - For the second time in a week, a West Seattle home has been targeted in a drive-by shooting, police say. The home's occupants say they have no idea why anyone would target their home.

Police were dispatched to the scene, a house in the 2000 block of SW Cloverdale Street, at about 1:30 a.m. Saturday after receiving a report of shots fired, said Seattle police detective Renee Witt.

Responding officers found damage from small caliber rounds in the outer wall of the house. One bullet fragment was removed from the wall as evidence.

Manuel Gonzales can point out at least 14 bullet holes from the outside, but the most frightening rounds are the ones that struck the walls inside the home.

"Everybodys' scared," Gonzales said.

Daughter Marivel says she was asleep on the couch during one of the shootings.

"I don't want to go to sleep anymore," she said. "I don't feel safe anywhere in the house."

The first assault of four rounds came around 11:30 p.m. last Saturday night when just Manuel and his wife were home. Then this Saturday morning around 1:30 a.m. came five more shots -- again when just Manuel and his wife were home.

"My wife said they're gonna do it again," Manuel Gonzales said. "I said, no they're not going to come again. They did."

Four hours later, another several shots - this time as seven family members slept inside.

"By the time we get up and go to the window, they're gone," Manuel Gonzales said. "And we can't go to the window if they're shooting at the window."

There is no suspect information, and there were no witnesses to the shooting. There were no reported injuries.

Manuel Gonzales says he has no idea as to why anyone would target their home. He can't think of a dispute and his family says nobody is affiliated with local gangs.

"We don't know why this happened, really," he said.

However, Seattle police say they do believe the shootings are gang-related and are acts of retaliation. The family insists they don't understand how that could be the case.