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Author­i­ties in Seat­tle have cor­doned off an area near 3rd & Pine fol­low­ing a mass shoot­ing in the heart of the city. We don’t know very much at this time, except that five peo­ple are said to be wound­ed and two have life-threat­en­ing injuries. The perpetrator(s) are unknown at this time and the inves­ti­ga­tion is ongoing.

Police have said they believe the gun­fire result­ed from a per­son­al argu­ment. A weapon, or weapons, were drawn and shots were fired into a crowd.

Via SPD’s Blot­ter:

Five peo­ple were wound­ed Wednes­day in a shoot­ing in down­town Seattle.

At 6:45 PM, Seat­tle police offi­cers and King Coun­ty Sheriff’s deputies rushed to 3rd Avenue and Pine Street after hear­ing gunfire.

Police found five vic­tims on the street in front of a con­ve­nience store and at an adja­cent bus stop.

One man was tak­en to Har­borview Med­ical Cen­ter in crit­i­cal con­di­tion. The four oth­er victims—one woman and three men—were trans­port­ed with non-life-threat­en­ing injuries.

At this time, the shoot­ing NOT believed to be con­nect­ed to ear­li­er demon­stra­tion at Westlake.

Detec­tives are on scene and have closed sev­er­al streets in the area as police col­lect evi­dence and search for witnesses.

Police are still gath­er­ing infor­ma­tion about the sus­pect, who is believed to be an adult male.

If you have any infor­ma­tion about this inci­dent, please con­tact detec­tives at 206–684-5550.

As not­ed, the shoot­ing is uncon­nect­ed to large protests against Don­ald Trump that began at West­lake Cen­ter and have since moved to the Uni­ver­si­ty of Wash­ing­ton. Those protests have remained peace­ful and now involve thou­sands of people.

About the author

Andrew Villeneuve is the founder and executive director of the Northwest Progressive Institute, as well as the founder of NPI's sibling, the Northwest Progressive Foundation. He has worked to advance progressive causes for over two decades as a strategist, speaker, author, and organizer. Andrew is also a cybersecurity expert, a veteran facilitator, a delegate to the Washington State Democratic Central Committee, and a member of the Climate Reality Leadership Corps.

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