The victim in a reported shootout near the Douglass-Truth Library was rushed in a private vehicle to Swedish Cherry Hill Sunday afternoon.
A large medic response ensued at the hospital around 3:35 PM before transporting the victim to Harborview’s trauma center. We do not have information on the condition of the victim at this time.
Shooting investigation at 24th /Yesler. Victim taken to hospital by private car. Limited suspect description at this time.
— Seattle Police Dept. (@SeattlePD) August 30, 2015
The shooting followed 911 callers reporting more gunfire in the Central District. The person who was shot was reported down near 24th Ave and Yesler where three or four people were reported to be carrying the victim to a nearby vehicle.
Callers provided conflicting details on possible suspects as multiple vehicles and people rushed from the area to assist in transporting the victim to the hospital. According to police radio dispatches, the shooter was believed to be a young male seen walking with a group leaving the scene at 24th and Yesler. According to a witness account, multiple shooters were involved in the incident.
East Precinct and City Hall representatives met with community members last week at a neighborhood crime meeting to discuss recent gun violence. “There is no higher priority in the city for the chief than dealing with the gun violence that’s going on,” Capt. Paul McDonagh said. There has been a 23% increase in reports of shots fired this year in Seattle.
UPDATE: SPD says the victim and the main suspect “knew each other” — parse that statement how you will.
It does appear that victim and suspect knew each other, however, not much of a suspect description. Officers continue to investigate.
— Seattle Police Dept. (@SeattlePD) August 31, 2015
UPDATE 8:45 PM: In a second incident, 911 callers reported seeing two vehicles with occupants shooting at each near 18th and Jackson just after 8 PM. There were no reported victims but police found multiple vehicles parked in the area had been struck by gunfire. Police were collecting shell casings and evidence at the scene.