Update at 3:07 p.m.: Stacy Howard, a spokeswoman for Seattle Public Schools, said seven schools were ordered to have kids “shelter in place” for about an hour after the shooting at 2:10 p.m. A number of schools were letting out around that time and students were brought back into the buildings, she said.
As of 3 p.m., buses were heading back to the seven schools that were impacted to pick up students and take them home, Howard said. Parents are also able to retrieve their children, she said.
“Everything has returned to normal now,” Howard said. However, the school district doesn’t “know anything about the victims yet,” she said of the young people who were reportedly shot.
The seven schools that were impacted were: Rainier Beach High School, South Shore K-8, Dunlap Elementary, Southlake High School, Emerson Elementary, Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary and Rainier View Elementary.
Update at 2:54 p.m.: Seattle police say they received reports of a shooting in the Rainier Beach neighborhood just after 2 p.m.
Police responded and caught up to a speeding car near Martin Luther King Jr. Way South and South Othello Street and found two men with gunshot wounds inside the vehicle, police said.
Medics transported both men to Harborview Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries. One of the men had a gunshot wound to his leg; the other man was shot in the foot. Both victims are in their late teens or early 20s.
Police believe the victims were shot in the 9100 block of Rainier Avenue South.
As police searched for the gunman, officers also contacted the Seattle Public Schools, which placed Rainier Beach High School, South Lake High School, SouthShore K-8 and Dunlap Elementary into lockdown.
Detectives are investigating, but so far the victims have been reluctant to provide officers with information about what led to the shooting, police said.
Update at 2:44 p.m.: Witnesses at the scene say the shooting may have happened elsewhere.
According to witnesses, a woman was driving the two gunshot victims from the Rainier Beach area to a hospital when their conditions worsened and she stopped her car at South Othello Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Way South.
The shooting may have happened at a nearby Jack in the Box in Rainier Beach, witnesses said.
Police have yet to confirm the story.
Original post: Seattle police are investigating a shooting in the 4400 block of South Othello Street.
The Seattle Fire Department says there are two victims with non-life-threatening wounds. The shooting was reported at 2:10 p.m.
Police will be blocking traffic on South Othello between Martin Luther King Jr Way South and 44th Avenue South during the investigation.
This post will be updated.