Seattle–One person has died and responders transported several others to Harborview Medical Center after a shooting in downtown Seattle on Wednesday evening.
The shooting happened not long before 5 p.m. near Pine Street and Third Avenue near the McDonald’s and Macy’s. The suspect fled the scene and authorities are currently searching for him. Officials are awaiting a description of the culprit.
A fire department spokesman confirmed that the person who died was a woman in her 40s or 50s.
Seattle police released a statement after 10 p.m. that detailed what occurred at the scene. 45 units dispatched to the area. This happened as they were already investigating another shooting nearby.
“Witnesses told investigators that two or more male suspects were causing a disturbance and began shooting at each other. They fled the scene immediately following the shooting. Investigators are still gathering information about the suspect(s). This remains an active and on-going investigation and information will be updated as it becomes available.”
Harborview has revealed that the victims include a 9-year-old boy in serious condition, a 32-year-old man in stable condition, a 34-year-old man in stable condition, a 21-year-old man in stable condition, a 49-year-old man who was treated and released, a 34-year-old man in satisfactory condition and a 55-year-old woman in critical condition.
The ATF is helping the Seattle police with the investigation.
A spokesperson for the Downtown Seattle Association released the following statement:
“Our hearts go out to the victims of tonight’s shooting in downtown Seattle and we commend the Seattle Police and Fire Departments for their swift response to this tragedy. Criminal activity around Third and Pine has been persistent for far too long and too often has led to violence and innocent lives lost.
The heart of our city should feel safe and welcoming for all who live, work and visit here. We call on public officials to devote the resources necessary to improve safety in downtown and take back Third Avenue from the criminals who have laid claim to it. On behalf of residents, small business owners, employers and visitors, we say enough is enough.”
This shooting is the third one that has happened this week in downtown Seattle.