Mass Shooting in Seattle, leaves 5 wounded


Authorities in Seattle were searching for a gunman Thursday who opened fire on a group of people outside a convenience store after an argument, wounding five people.

Seattle Assistant Police Chief Robert Merner said four men and a woman were hurt after an incident near Pine Street and Third Avenue outside a 7-Eleven store near a busy bus stop.

“There was some type of argument that took place, a suspect walked away and then fired into crowd striking those individuals,” Merner said.

All victims were taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. Hospital spokeswoman Susan Gregg said the condition of one woman and two men improved from serious to satisfactory conditions. The two other men remained in critical, but stable condition in intensive care.

The five victims range in age from 20s to 50s and sustained injuries to their legs, chest and neck, Gregg said.

Authorities were searching for and trying to identify the gunman, who fled the scene on foot, Merner said. Streets in the area were closed while police investigated the scene and interviewed witnesses.

Merner said officers don’t believe the incident is related to anti-Trump protests happening near the area at the time.

“As far as we know, it seems to be a personal argument,” he said.

According to Q13 Fox, members of the gang unit and homicide unit were assisting in the investigation.

The manager of the 7-Eleven, Sharon Keith, told reporters she heard what sounded like firecrackers and told everyone to get down while she went to lock the door.

She said she could see multiple people on the ground outside afterward.

“How do you describe that, there were multiple people down, a lot of blood,” she said, her voice breaking.

Police were also investigating an exchange of gunfire earlier in the day in Seattle that wounded two men. Continue Reading

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