EVERETT — Police surrounded an AM/PM Mini Mart here after multiple shots were fired at about 10:45 a.m. today.
Initial reports to police were that somebody had been shot at the store, located at 4030 Rucker Ave., but it wasn’t immediately clear whether anyone had been injured.
Dustin Virgil with Wesco Auto Body said he saw a man leave the store and shoot at least three rounds into a red four-door vehicle parked outside. One shot was fired at close range through the car’s back window, he said.
“There could have been somebody in the back of the car,” Virgil said.
The gunman then picked up what Virgil believed was the expended bullet shell casings, put them in his pocket, and went back inside the store.
Police were responding as if the gunman remained inside.
Officials at nearby Sequoia High School and Jackson Elementary School were advised to go into lockdown as a safety precaution, said Gay Campbell, spokeswoman for the Everett School District.
There were four shots fired, said Fontelle Jones, owner of Great Yarns at 4023 Rucker Ave, across the street from the mini mart.
From her store, she said she could see officers prone in the street, and taking other forms of cover, their guns drawn. Jones said she had one customer in her store during the shooting and they are staying away from the windows.
Jenniffer Fowlds with Express Personnel Services said she heard shots fired, looked outside and saw a man in the convenience store parking lot, fumbling with something on the ground.
She said a woman ran out of the store yelling that someone had been shot. Customers getting gasoline at the pumps outside ran away.
Monica Olson, manager of a Quiznos sandwich shop located near the shooting scene, said she was taking a cigarette break around 10:45 a.m. when she heard one gunshot. Then, Olson saw people running out of the AM/PM store.
“The police are here. Im sure everything will be fine,” she said around 11:15 a.m.
“We dont usually see anything like this going on,” Olson said.