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Bullet Breaks Through Seattle School Window

Two additional schools briefly went into shelter-in-place after the incident

Jody Allard

Published on: October 03, 2017

Jared Allard, Nova High School student

Classes have resumed at Nova High School in the Central District this morning after a bullet from a nearby drive-by shooting came through a classroom window.

The Seattle Police Department posted to Twitter and the SPD Blotter that they’re investigating the shooting. Witnesses began calling 911 around 11 a.m. reporting shots fired near Powell Barnett Park in the 300 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Way.

Eyewitnesses told police that two cars exchanged fire, and continued to shoot at each other as they traveled through the area, eventually going west on East Cherry St. Both cars sped away before police arrived on the scene.

Nova High School is located at 2410 E. Cherry St. No students were injured in the shooting, police say. Officers are continuing to search the area.

"The school and two neighboring schools (Leschi and Garfield) briefly went into shelter-in-place at the recommendation of Seattle Police," says Kim Schmanke, communications manager for Seattle Public Schools. "That’s been lifted. We are focused on getting word to families that their students are safe."

Nova Principal Mark Perry sent a phone message to parents a little after noon indicating that police believe the shooting wasn't related to the school, and was a "random" incident. Some students are shaken up after the incident, but no one was hurt.

Editor's note: This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.

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