A Seattle rec center that was sprayed with bullets was caught with its guard down when police discovered that none of the Van Asselt Community Center security cameras were operational at the time of the shooting.
According to Seattle’s KIRO 7, investigators said more than 50 gunshots were fired Saturday evening. The bullets cracked glass, shattered car windows and hit at least three homes in the area.
There were no reported injuries and no arrests were made.
While the property was posted with numerous signs alerting people that they are on camera, Seattle Parks and Recreation told KIRO 7 the community center’s security cameras don’t work because the building’s surveillance system is outdated.
A Seattle Parks and Recreation spokesperson said they had no idea how long the cameras had been offline and that there are no current plans to get them working again.
Jennifer Steinke, who lives nearby, said the community depends on the center. “We're relying on this wading pool for summer and so it would be really hard if this community continues to have issues and people don't feel safe."