FIFE, Wash. - Six gunshots hit a woman’s car as she drove on Interstate 5 in Fife Sunday afternoon.
Kaitlyn Young, 20, was driving a gold 2003 Pontiac Aztek northbound in the far left lane between Port of Tacoma Road and 54th Avenue East at 2 p.m. when she heard shots fired and what she believed were bullets striking her vehicle.
Young told KIRO 7 she didn't stay at the scene because she didn't have a cellphone to call police. Instead, she drove to her friend's house in Renton where she first called her mother, and then police.
"Initially, it kind of came in as a hit-and-run accident. I don't believe people realized what had occurred, and State Patrol responded, but by that time she was gone," said Fife Police Lieutenant Tom Thompson.
Detectives went to Young in Renton and found six bullet holes on the passenger’s side of her Aztek.
Young admitted she often drives over the speed limit but said she didn't cut off the driver or gesture at him.
"At first, I had no idea it was gunshots until probably the third shot. And that's when I realized it wasn't rocks that were hitting my car, that it was (from) a gun, and the glass had actually flowin up and hit me in the back," said Young.
Young said she got a good look at the gunman. He's described as a thin black man with short hair and tattoos on both forearms. He and a female passenger were in a gold Buick with huge chrome rims.
Detectives are interested in speaking with anyone who may have witnessed the shooting.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Fife Police Department’s investigations unit at 253-896-8287.
*Note: A news release from Fife police originally said Young did not get a look at the gunman. This story has been updated to reflect that she did, along with a description.