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June 21, 2012 at 3:57 PM

2 men shot in North Seattle; police search for gunman

Seattle police are looking for a gunman who shot two men just before 4 p.m. in Lake City.

Officers were called to the 12700 block of 30th Avenue Northeast at 3:49 p.m. after someone reported that shots had been fired and a man was down, according to police. Officers arrived and found two victims.

Both victims were taken to Harborview Medical Center in serious condition, though their injuries are not considered life threatening, said Kyle Moore, a spokesman for the Seattle Fire Department. A man in his 30s was shot in the lower part of his body, while the second victim, a man in his 40s, suffered a gunshot wound to his midsection, Moore said.

Police are searching for a suspect or suspects, along with a suspect vehicle, believed to be a gray or silver Honda Civic, police said. The suspect is described as a white male, who is wearing a white shirt and tan pants.

A group of people who said they frequent a 99-cent store in a strip mall at the intersection of Northeast 127th Street and 30th Avenue Northeast witnessed the shooting. They said they were gathered in the parking lot this afternoon when the two men went inside the small store.

The men made a purchase and left, members of the group said. As they pulled out of the lot, the passenger opened fire on the group, they said.

“They had a dispute with one of the guys that got shot,” said one man. “The other guy was an innocent bystander.”

No one in the group would discuss the nature of the dispute, but they all agreed it was petty.

The shooting happened just three days after political leaders, police brass and community activists held a meeting at Seattle Town Hall to decry the city’s recent spate of gun violence.

There have been 21 homicides in the city this year, one more than in all of 2011. Nineteen of those victims were killed by gunfire.

The recent shootings have been especially disconcerting because they occurred in parts of the city “where we haven’t had this kind of violence in the past,” said Seattle Police Chief John Diaz, adding that the city has to change the current culture in which people too readily resort to weapons to settle disputes.

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