Downtown Seattle

Viaduct blasted with shotgun during midnight robbery

SEATTLE -- A woman showing off her shotgun to (possible) strangers under the Alaskan Way Viaduct shortly before midnight on Sunday went about as well as you might think that sort of thing would go, meaning the woman ended up attacked and robbed and the Viaduct shot, according to the Seattle Police Department.

According to police, the woman was hanging out by her car near Alaskan Way and Union Street with two men when three other men approached them and struck up a conversation.

The woman decided to show the new arrivals the shotgun she had in her car. But when she went to put it back, one of the men punched her and grabbed the shotgun, according to police.

In the scuffle that followed, the two men with the woman were attacked and the Viaduct was shot, according to police. The three men eventually ran off with the shotgun.

According to police, the victims provided officers with the phone number for one of the robbers but stopped short of confirming whether or not they knew the men. They also reportedly kept changing their stories about what happened.

The Viaduct was not seriously damaged.