Thursday, January 23, 2020

1 dead and 7 injured, including 9-year-old boy, in mass shooting on downtown Seattle sidewalk

Police work a crime scene after a shooting near Third Avenue and Pine Street in downtown Seattle on Wednesday. (Amanda Snyder / The Seattle Times)

Seattle Times staff reporters

The area around Third Avenue and Pine Street has long been one of the grittiest in downtown Seattle, a grim reputation underscored Wednesday when gunfire erupted during the evening commute, leaving a woman dead and seven others injured, including a 9-year-old boy, and a suspect or suspects still at large.
It was the third shooting in the downtown area in a little more than 24 hours, including an incident earlier Wednesday afternoon where police shot and wounded a man who was reported to have had a gun. On Tuesday, a 55-year-old man was found dying from a gunshot wound in a stairwell at Westlake Center, less than a block away from Wednesday’s mayhem.
The shooting Wednesday occurred around 5 p.m. outside the McDonald’s on the southeast corner of the intersection, just as hundreds of commuters crowded into one of the busiest transit corridors in the country. Witnesses reported a volley of gunfire and a surge of panicked people running for cover.
Douglas Converse was standing right outside Westlake Station when he heard the gunfire. Converse, 60, said he saw two people collapse near Pine and Third.
I saw a couple of bodies go down,” Converse said. “I saw everybody go running, and I wanted to see if I could be any help.”
Police Chief Carmen Best, who responded to the scene, said the shooting happened after a dispute outside the McDonald’s. Police believe there were multiple shooters, but they don’t know how many, and it wasn’t clear Wednesday whether any of the injured had been among the shooters or part of the argument.

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