Two injured in drive-by shooting on SR 500 in Vancouver

Police investigate Vancouver highway shooting

VANCOUVER, Wash. – Two people were injured in a drive-by shooting on State Route 500 in Vancouver early Saturday morning, according to authorities.

A 1997 Hound Civic Coupe was heading eastbound on SR 500, near Thurston Way, when at about 2:02 a.m. a passenger from a passing vehicle fired about 10 shots at the Honda, according to Will Finn of Washington State Patrol.

The driver of the Honda, a 29-year-old man, was shot in the left knee. A bullet grazed the back of the head of a 32-year-old man in the front seat of the Honda. Both injuries are considered non-life-threatening, Finn said. Investigators have determined at least eight shots hit the Honda.

Witnesses and the driver of the Honda told authorities that an unknown vehicle was following closely behind the Honda before moving to the left lane in an attempt to pass. While passing, a passenger fired a 9 mm handgun at the Honda. The driver of the Honda pulled over to the shoulder and called 911. The suspect fled the scene eastbound on SR 500 and has not been located.

A portion of eastbound SR 500 was closed for about 4.5 hours as an investigation was conducted. The investigation is ongoing.


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