December 24, 2012 at 6:41 AM
1 man killed, another wounded in bar shooting in Bellevue
A 30-year-old Seattle man is dead and another man was injured after a shooting inside a packed downtown Bellevue bar early this morning.
The shooting occurred inside Munchbar, a restaurant/bar at Bellevue Square, around 1:10 a.m., according to Bellevue police spokeswoman Carla Iafrate. About 600 people were inside the bar when the shots were fired.
“It’s a complicated situation with so many people involved,” Iafrate said, adding that they believe the shooting was an isolated incident.
“We don’t think it was a gunman running around Bellevue shooting people,” she said.
While it appears there was only one shooter, police haven’t ruled anything out, Iafrate said. Witnesses gave conflicting descriptions of the gunman, she said.
No arrests have been made.
Iafrate said that there is surveillance video from the scene and that detectives “are working on all of those details.”
Witnesses described a chaotic scene, telling local media they dove for cover as gunfire erupted. Many people had gathered at the bar to watch the Seahawks game and celebrate the team’s blowout victory.
Several Seahawks were at the bar after Sunday’s game, but were not in the area where the shooting occurred, Seattle coach Pete Carroll said during a news conference this afternoon.
“From what we know, our guys were in a separate area, and nobody was involved at all,” Carroll said. “A very grave incident, but fortunately the guys that we are with are fine. They’re OK. It’s too bad. An awful thing that happened.”
Witnesses tell KING-TV that the players were in a VIP lounge and were escorted to safety after the shooting.
Reality TV star Aubrey O’Day claimed she was with the players. Early Monday morning, she tweeted, “Seriously ppl just got shot n front of me. We hit the ground, never been in a situation like this. For real. Seattle, what’s going on?!”
Bellevue Square is open this morning.
Seattle Times staff reporter Danny O’Neil contributed to this report
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