Seattle police are investigating a shooting at a homeless encampment near the Chinatown International District early this morning.
Police were called to the greenbelt in the 300 block of Seventh Avenue South, adjacent to Interstate 5, around 12:20 a.m., police spokesman Mark Jamieson said. Witnesses said a man in his 40s entered the wooded area, a popular homeless encampment called “The Jungle,” and started yelling.
Witnesses said the man then went back to his car, pulled out a gun and started firing ”at no one in particular,” Jamieson said.
After the gunfire, the man got back into his car, described by witnesses as “an older sedan,” and took off in an unknown direction, according to police reports.
“One of the shots struck a man in the leg,” Jamieson said, adding that it appeared the bullet hit an artery.
The victim, who has not identified, was taken to Harborview Medical Center with life-threatening injuries, Jamieson said.