Shooting near protest in downtown Seattle, multiple victims

PUBLISHED Wed, November 09, 2016 - 10:13pm EST
Credit: Dave McLauchlan

A gunman fired into a crowd outside a store in downtown Seattle on Wednesday evening, injuring five people before fleeing the scene, police and witnesses say. There was no known link to a protest that was taking place in the area. (more)

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The incident happened just before 7 p.m. PT on Wednesday when multiple gunshots were fired outside a 7-Eleven at 3rd and Pine in downtown Seattle, not far from the scene of a protest against Tuesday's election of Donald Trump.

Officers who were working in the area because of the protest heard the gunshots and rushed to the scene, after which they located five victims on the street in front of a convenience store and at an adjacent bus stop.

A man - whose identity was not immediately released - was rushed to Harborview Medical Center in critical condition. The four other victims - one woman and three men - were hospitalized for non-life-threatening injuries.

Seattle Assistant Police Chief Robert Merner said at a news briefing that the suspect is believed to have been involved in some type of personal argument, after which he fired into a crowd before fleeing the scene. He remains at large.

Merner said there was no indication that the shooting or the victims had any links to the protests.

"Detectives are on scene and have closed several streets in the area as police collect evidence and search for witnesses," police spokesman Jonah Spangenthal-Lee said. "Police are still gathering information about the suspect, who is believed to be an adult male."

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