There have been five shootings in just three days recently in Seattle, with the latest occurring last Friday, May 5th at about 1:40 a.m. in Belltown. Police received reports of gunfire near First Avenue and Blanchard Street, and when they arrived on the scene, they found a 27-year-old male victim with gunshot wounds to his chest and leg.
The wounds were described by medics as ‘grazing’ and the man’s injuries overall were not considered life-threatening.
Although officers received conflicting witness information about the altercation that led to the shooting, they believe it was provoked after a fight that took place in front of the Amber Nightclub in the 2200 block of First Avenue in Belltown. According to reports, the shooting victim was involved in the fight, but he ran into a nearby parking lot. He was chased by the second man involved in the fight, who then shot the victim before fleeing the scene.
“It was pretty lively out here,” said witness Nathan Harris. “I was having my last cigarette of the night, and then I heard two, three gunshots. And after that I just saw everyone running in different directions.”
SPD detectives are still working to identify and contact the suspect in this shooting.
Friday morning’s shooting in Belltown occurred within the same 24-hour period of two other shootings in Seattle (the previous two events resulted in a total of four victims). This increase in shootings has SPD ramping up patrols, but Friday’s shooting occurred less than a day after Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole announced around-the-clock patrols due to shootings.
“We are outraged by the gun violence, and neither our department nor our community will tolerate it,” O’Toole said in a statement issued Thursday.
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