Seattle police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the shooting of a 16-year-old boy Sunday night in the Central District.
Police responded to reports of gunshots near 21st Avenue and East Fir Street around 11:15 p.m. Responding officers recovered more than 30 shell casings from different firearms and found that several buildings and cars had been struck by gunfire.
Police did not locate anyone with injuries at the scene.
Officers contacted a 28-year-old man at an apartment near the scene after witnesses reported that he may have been involved in the shooting, according to police.
The man told police he was walking with several friends when two men ran toward them, shouted something about Seattle-area gangs and opened fire, police said. The man said he ducked behind a car, drew his own firearm and returned fire.
The man then provided police with his concealed-weapons permit and the gun he used, which officers took as evidence.
While officers were at the scene, police received a report that a 16-year-old boy had arrived at Harborview Medical Center with a non-life-threatening gunshot wound.
Officers interviewed the wounded teen and two of his friends at the hospital, but they provided officers with differing accounts about where the shooting had occurred, police said.
Officers were eventually able to place the teens at the scene of the shooting, but police are still investigating the circumstances that led to the exchange of gunfire.