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September 24, 2014 at 10:46 AM

Man shot at Second and Yesler dies; 2 suspects sought

Shooting in the corner park at the corner of 2nd and Yesler in downtown Seattle.  One male victim who was taken to Harborview Hospital. (Steve Ringman/The Seattle Times)

A shooting occurred in the corner park at Second and Yesler in downtown Seattle. One male victim was taken to Harborview Medical Center. (Steve Ringman/The Seattle Times)

 

Update at 4:49 p.m.: Seattle police say the shooting victim has died at Harborview Medical Center. 

Update at 12:17 p.m.: Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole called this morning’s shooting “tragic.”

O’Toole came to the scene to see the investigation first-hand. She said the victim was in critical condition and, referring to the stray bullet, added, “It’s fortunate we don’t have more injuries.”

O’Toole confirmed police are now looking for two suspects seen running from the scene.

Update at 12:05 p.m.: Police say the victim suffered life-threatening wounds.

Witnesses told police they saw two men in hooded sweatshirts running from the scene of the shooting. Detectives are trying to identify the two men.

Timothy Johnson, who works in Smith Tower, which was struck by a stray bullet, calls this morning’s shooting “very unsettling.”

Johnson, 24, works for an Internet marketing agency on the 17th floor. He said he was in a meeting when he heard the gunshots.

He said the stray bullet left a small hole in a ground-floor window.

“It’s pretty terrifying though because I’m realizing where a bullet went across is where I walk every day to the bus tunnel,” Johnson said.

Update at 11:18 a.m.: One witness said the victim was standing with a group of men in front of the Lazarus Day Center, 416 Second Ave. Extension S., when he was shot.

Seattle police don’t have very much information at this point. Detectives are still trying to determine a motive.

Police say the victim’s wounds appear to be grave.

Medics respond to a shooting victim at 12th and Yesler. This photo was taken from the 17th floor of Smith Tower. (Photo courtesy of Tim Johnson)

Medics respond to a shooting victim at 2nd and Yesler. This photo was taken from the 17th floor of Smith Tower. (Photo courtesy of Tim Johnson)

One of the bullets traveled across the street and hit Smith Tower. No one was hurt there.

Update at 11:12 a.m.: Witnesses to the Pioneer Square shooting describe the victim as a transient in his 20s and a “nice guy.”

His condition is unknown.

Update at 11:03 a.m.: Seattle police spokesman Patrick Michaud said witnesses heard three or four gunshots and then saw the victim stumble into a small park and collapse.

The witnesses chased someone they thought was the gunman but lost sight of him, Michaud said.

Seattle Fire Department medics treated the victim at the scene before taking him away.

Police are searching the Pionner Square area for the gunman.

Original post: Seattle police say a man has been shot Second Avenue and Yesler Way.

Police are looking for suspects. The wounded man’s condition was not immediately known.

The shooting was reported at 10:41 a.m.

This post will be updated.

 

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