Five victims were shot outside a 7-Eleven store in downtown Seattle on Wednesday, police confirm. The shooter is still at large.
One women and three men have been taken to Harborview Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries following the incident that occurred at 6:45 p.m. local time on 3rd Avenue and Pine Street. One man remains in critical condition at HMC.
Authorities said the shooting is not related to any of the anti-Donald Trump protests that started at Westlake Mall in the early evening.
“A group of people were arguing when the gunman began to walk away, and then turned around and fired into the crowd. At least one victim was a bystander,” said Seattle police Assistant Chief Robert Merner, according to the Seattle Times. “It appears to be some type of personal argument.”
Sharon Keith, manager of the 7-Eleven, told the Times that she “saw multiple people down, bleeding” and heard what “sounded like firecrackers.”
The incident is the state’s eighth mass shooting this year.