At least one person was killed and seven others injured – including a child – after a dispute in front of a McDonald's led to a shooting in downtown Seattle on Wednesday night.
Multiple people fired shots, and panicked people fled in different directions, Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best said, and investigators reviewed evidence to determine how many suspects are at-large.
Seattle Fire Chief Harold Scoggins said authorities received calls around 5 p.m. Wednesday of multiple gunshot victims. One person, a woman, was found dead in a heavily trafficked area, fire department spokesman David Cuerpo said.
"We responded immediately, and we discovered victims at the scene in about a one-block radius," Best said. "Officers immediately started lifesaving measures."
It is possible some of the injured fired shots, Best said. Investigators reviewed footage and collected evidence to determine who might have left the scene. Fire officials transported five injured people to Harborview Medical Center, Scoggins said, and two victims went to the hospital on their own for treatment.
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Of the seven hospitalized, four were discharged, the hospital said on Twitter. A 55-year-old woman was upgraded to serious condition Thursday, and a 32-year-old man and a 9-year-old boy were in satisfactory condition.
Two of the people injured were Amazon employees, according to company spokesperson Jaci Anderson. Both employees were outside the building at the time of the shooting and were treated for non-life-threatening injuries.
"We are deeply troubled by last night’s events in Seattle, and our thoughts go out to everyone impacted by this tragedy. Two of our employees were injured, and both are recovering. We are grateful to police and first responders for acting so quickly," Anderson said.
In a statement, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee said he was "horrified and dismayed" by news of the shooting.
"We grieve for the one individual confirmed dead in the shooting and wish a full and speedy recovery to those who were injured," Inslee said.
The third shooting in downtown Seattle in two days snarled traffic, forced the temporary delays of light-rail routes and led Amazon to urge its employees to shelter-in-place.
Tyler Parsons was working the register inside the nearby Victrola Coffee Shop when the shooting occurred, the Seattle Times reported. He heard no shots – the music is loud in the shop, Parsons said – but customers started dropping to the ground.
People took cover behind the register. He hustled five or six customers inside a back storage area, along with a co-worker.
He waited a couple of minutes before walking back out. Parsons went into the building lobby and saw two victims: one outside, lying in front of the building, injured but alive and moving. The second was inside the lobby, against the security desk, with a gunshot wound to the leg. He muttered, “I think I got shot, I think I got shot,” Parsons said.
Samantha Cook, 40, of Edmonds, said she was refilling her transit card in Westlake Station when she heard the shots.
“I was on the first set of escalators,” Cook said. “There were a lot of gunshots that started going off – maybe 10 or 11. It was just rapid fire.”
Contributing: Grace Hauck, USA TODAY; The Associated Press
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