Pastor’s Son Wounded in Drive-by Shooting

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SEATTLE, WA (August 20, 2008) – Terren Drake, the youngest son of Evangelical Covenant Church pastor Harvey Drake and his wife, Andrea, is recuperating from two gunshot wounds he suffered in a drive-by shooting early Sunday morning.

Terren, 26, was taken out of the intensive care unit at Harborview Medical Center and moved to a main floor on Tuesday night. “It’s very good news,” Harvey said. “He’s recovering well.”

Terren was the passenger in a vehicle that had stopped at a traffic light near Qwest Field around 2:15 a.m. when the shooting occurred. “There had been no words, nothing,” Harvey said. Neither Terren nor the driver knew the assailants.

The driver noticed that the rear window of the other vehicle was down but thought nothing of it because it was a warm evening, Harvey said. “Then all of a sudden bullets were flying.”

The first bullet struck Terren in the hand and a cell phone he was using, causing damage to his jaw and chin. He moved to protect the driver, and the second bullet hit him in the back. A third bullet grazed the driver, who sped to the hospital, Harvey said.

Terren underwent eight hours of surgery to repair his jaw and is expected to undergo another surgery within the next two weeks to replace a bone in his chin, Harvey said.

The second bullet that struck Terren in the back hit a rib before ricocheting into his shoulder, Harvey said. The rib punctured Terren’s lung.

The wounds could have been much worse, Harvey said. Doctors told him that Terren also could have suffered much more serious internal damage if the second bullet had not ricocheted off the rib the way it did.

Harvey is pastor of Emerald City Bible Fellowship, an ECC congregation.

Police have no suspects but hope security cameras around Qwest Field, home of the Seattle Seahawks, will provide information.

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