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Wednesday, November 9th, 2016

A horrible week just got worse: Mass shooting reported in downtown Seattle

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.

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