Girl nearly hit in West Seattle drive-by shooting

by: Henry Rosoff Updated:

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SEATTLE - Police are hunting for gunmen who opened fire from a car in a West Seattle neighborhood, missing a little girl by just a few feet.

When shots rang out just before 8 p.m. Monday near 23rd Avenue Southwest and Southwest Juneau Street, most neighbors thought the sounds were fireworks.

MinhHai Doan was one of those neighbors, until police knocked on her door.

“We rushed down and found out there is bullet holes that have gone through two of our cars,” she said.

The bullets hit a tail light and a tire.

See photos from the scene here.

Another neighbor, too afraid to share her name,  said the gunman nearly killed her little girl.  She watched from her porch as bullets whipped passed her van, where she had just strapped in her child.

Police at the scene said the gunmen were driving a red car and shooting up 23rd toward a group of men, but they had no other information.

Neighbors said 15 to 20 shots were fired before the car drove off. 

The shooting occurred near a building that will be home to Arbor Heights Elementary School this coming school year.