Ty Swenson
The second-story window of a townhome near Roxhill Park in West Seattle was the target of a shooting shortly after midnight on Oct. 9. Eighteen rifle rounds were fired into the family home. No one was injured.

UPDATE: 18 rifle rounds fired into West Seattle townhome; Family escapes unharmed

Tenants of the otherwise quiet Westwood Court townhomes next to Roxhill Park bolted out of their beds around 12:30 a.m. on Oct. 9 when unknown suspects opened fire on a house with three young children inside, firing 18 rifle rounds into a second-story window.

Luckily, no one in the family of six - including an infant and two elementary age children - were harmed, according to Seattle Police.

SPD Det. Mark Jamieson said the shooting is a mystery as no family members could think of a reason for their home to be targeted. The row of townhomes is located on a private drive off the 9400 block of 27th Ave S.W. – southeast of Roxhill Park and just north of Safeway on Roxbury. The off-street location makes it appear the shooters went out of their way to find the home.

A single second-story window was the focus of the attack, and on the afternoon of Oct. 9 a group of neighbors inspected the damage and relayed their stories of waking up to, as one man put it, “a rapid succession of shots.”

The victims were not available for comment, however neighbors said they figured the shots came from the nearby park, never guessing they were fired directly into one of their neighbor’s homes.

A witness told police he saw two black males run from the scene and get into a vehicle parked on the 2900 block of S.W. Cambridge St, leaving northbound towards Westwood Village with their lights off. The witness did not see them carrying any weapons.

Detectives recovered 18 spent rifle shell casings from the scene and bullet fragments from inside the townhome.

Anyone with information on the shooting is encouraged to contact the Seattle Police Department.

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