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Grandparents Targeted In Drive-By Shooting After Flying ‘Thin Blue Line’ Flag Outside Home

Seattle, WA – An elderly couple’s home was targeted in a drive-by shooting after multiple people confronted them about the “Thin Blue Line” flag they had flying outside their house in north Seattle.

“About twice a week, someone was coming by and saying derogatory remarks, saying ‘take it down,’” one of the victims told KIRO.

“We didn’t say anything to anybody or argue with anybody,” his wife said.

The homeowners, who have lived in the north Seattle neighborhood for three decades, said they tried to de-escalate the situation by replacing their large Thin Blue Line flag with a smaller one, but it didn’t help.

Someone even went so far as to paint the words, “Black Lives Matter” and “ACAB” outside the couple’s residence, KIRO reported.

The situation came to a head on Oct. 10, when a gunman in a dark-colored SUV drove by the house and fired nine rounds at the couple’s property, surveillance footage showed.

Police said that one of the six rounds that hit the couple’s house and a nearby vehicle traveled through multiple walls of their home and into their garage, KIRO reported.

“I went numb. This didn’t really happen, did it?” one of the victims told the news outlet.

The Seattle Police Department (SPD) said they believe that the couple’s Thin Blue Line flag was connected to the attack, and they told them it was no longer safe to fly it outside their home, KIRO reported.

“The police said, ‘as much as we appreciate your support, we tell our families don’t fly them,’” one of the victims explained.

The victims said they were too frightened to identify themselves on-camera because the shooter has not been apprehended and they are concerned about possible retaliation, KIRO reported.

“I’m fearful because I don’t know who it would be that would get that angry,” the female victim explained.

The couple said they were not surprised that they received criticism for showing their support for law enforcement, but admitted they never considered that their flag could cause someone to try to kill them, KIRO reported.

“Everybody has an opinion and we’re entitled to it,” the female victim said. “But you don’t shoot me for it!”

Her husband said he hopes that the gunman doesn’t target any other law enforcement supporters before he’s apprehended.

The SPD confirmed to FOX News that they have not yet made any arrests in connection with the shooting.

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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Written by Holly Matkin


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