UW student recovering after 'unprovoked' shooting in University District

SEATTLE - Police are investigating what they are calling a random and "unprovoked" shooting that injured a University of Washington student in Seattle’s University District on Thursday.

According to the Seattle Police Department, the 20-year-old woman was approached by an "unidentified suspect" who shot her without cause shortly before 11 a.m. in the 5200 block of 22nd Ave NE.

"She was definitely alert," said witness Zad Castanada. "She was probably more in shock than anything."

Investigators say the bullet struck the woman in the leg. As a result, she was taken to Harborview Medical Center with injuries considered non-life-threatening.

"Gun Violence Reduction Unit Detectives responded to HMC and are working to determine the circumstances that led up to the shooting," the SPD wrote online. "The suspect has not been identified."

Investigators believe the student was not intentionally targeted but was caught in the middle of an altercation between two people not connected to the university.

"It’s just reckless violence," Castanada added. "It’s not something you would expect, especially here where you have students and families."

In addition to the female student being hit, FOX 13 cameras saw several cars with bullet holes in them. There was also one bullet hole in an exterior wall of the University View Apartments building.

"It’s literally the angle this guy was shooting from," said Castanada. "Had he shot from across the street, people in the apartment building could have been hurt."

Police are looking for the suspect, who was described as a man wearing a black, puffy jacket with black pants, and was last seen in a gold 4-door car.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Seattle Police Department at 206-233-5000.