EVERETT — Washington State Patrol detectives continue to investigate a freeway shooting in which two cars were hit by bullets last week. The three people in the cars escaped injury.
The incident occurred about 10:30 a.m. Thursday on I-5 northbound near the Marine View Drive/Everett Avenue exit. One shot struck a Dodge pickup, and two or three shots struck a Cadillac. Neither driver knew immediately that their vehicles had been hit by gunfire.
The shots came from a clean, red 1994 to 1997 four-door Pontiac Grand Am occupied by three black men who appeared to be in their 20s. The driver wore a kerchief around his head.
"We certainly are still looking for that vehicle," detective Don Cunningham said.
Detectives hope other motorists may have seen the car and can provide tips that will help identify the three men. They ask anyone with information on the attackers or the car to call 425-339-1700.
Claudine I. Minnick, 55, suffered neck and back injuries and was treated at Providence Everett Medical Center’s Colby Campus and later released. Roy E. Minnick, 61, suffered a bruised hand. He was treated at the scene.
The Minnicks’ 1997 GMC truck was towing a trailer on the freeway just north of Highway 526 when Roy Minnick lost control of the trailer, causing the truck and trailer to roll onto their sides, according to the Washington State Patrol.
Troopers estimated damage to the truck at $4,000.
Mike Fitzgerald, fire chief at Fire District 26, said a man drove the dog to the station and told a volunteer that "Jose has been shot."
"That’s why we thought at first that we were talking about a person," he said. "But then we found out it was a dog."
The volunteer told the dog’s owner where the nearest 24-hour emergency veterinarian was, and the owner drove the dog there.
Fitzgerald said the dog’s owner told the volunteer that the dog had been shot by a neighbor who said the dog was attacking his ducks.
Fitzgerald said they later learned that the dog had died.