Teen struck in leg in E Cherry shooting

A male in his 20s teenager was shot in the leg Thursday night in an exchange of gunfire on E Cherry.

Police were called to the area after multiple reports of gunfire near the Garfield Community Center around 10 PM. Officers searched the area and found at least one shell casing but no victims.

UPDATE 11/20/2015 11:28 AM: SPD says the victim in the shooting is a 16-year-old:

A 16-year-old boy was wounded in a shooting Thursday in the Central District. Witnesses called 911 around 10 PM and reported hearing gunfire near 23rd Avenue and E. Cherry Street. When police arrived, they learned three young men reportedly targeted in the shooting had run from the scene. According to witnesses, the gunman had fled in a burgundy Ford Mustang. As officers were searching the scene for evidence a 16-year-old boy limped toward officers and showed them he had a gunshot wound to his ankle. Police called for medics, who transported the teen to Harborview Medical Center. SPD Gang Unit detectives are investigating the incident.

Around 10:20 PM, a male victim approached an officer near 24th and Cherry to report his injury, according to East Precinct radio.

Seattle Fire was called to the scene to treat the victim.

After a summer of gunfire incidents in Central Seattle, federal authorities have been working with SPD to crackdown on firearm-related crime in the area. Thursday, the FBI announced nine people had been taken into custody in a law enforcement operation focused on guns and drugs in the area around 23rd and Union.

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