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November 2, 2012 at 12:43 PM

1 wounded in South Seattle shooting

Seattle police gather at the intersection of McClintock Ave. S. and S. Byron Street, one block South of Franklin High School, where a young man was shot Friday.

A man has been shot in the chest at South Byron Street and McClintock Avenue South.

The victim was taken to Harborview Medical Center in critical condition with life-threatening wounds, according to Seattle Fire Department spokesman Kyle Moore. The victim is believed to be between 18 and 20 years old, he said.

Police say the suspected shooter is an Asian or Hispanic boy between 15 and 16 years of age, who was wearing a blue jacket and backpack. He fled in a car.

The shooting happened around 12:20 p.m.

Vic Tampico, who lives near the shooting scene, said he heard numerous gunshots, looked out his second-floor window and saw the victim on the ground.

The shooting victim’s clothing, including shoes and a back pack, remain at the scene.

“He looked like he was in a great deal of pain,” Tampico said.

Tampico estimated at least a half-dozen shots were fired. “They were too fast for me to  count,” he said.

The shooting happened near Franklin High School.  A Seattle Public Schools spokeswoman said Franklin and John Muir Elementary School were briefly placed under lockdown.

According to an announcement made at the high school, the victim is not a student.

We’ll update this post when we have more information.

- -Seattle Times staff reporter Christine Clarridge contributed to this post.

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