High school hit by drive-by gunfire in Central District

SEATTLE - One Seattle high school was hit and students sheltered in place Tuesday morning after gunfire erupted near three schools in Seattle's Central District.

Police responded to the scene, in the 300 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Way, at about 11 a.m. after receiving multiple reports of gunfire near Powell Barnett Park.

Witnesses told officers that the occupants of two cars were shooting at each other as they drove through the area. They said the cars eventually headed west on East Cherry Street, then sped away before police arrived.

There were no reports of injuries, but bullet holes were found in at least one window and shards of glass were sprayed over the floor of Nova High School. No students were involved in the incident, said Patrick Michaud of the Seattle police.

Students also sheltered in place at nearby Garfield High School and Leschi Elementary School, said Seattle Public Schools spokesperson Kim Schmanke. The shelter-in-place order was later lifted and no students were hurt, Schmanke said.

Officers were searching for the suspects in the cars, described as possibly two gray-colored sedans.

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