Police and fire units rushed to the scene around 6:30 PM to a report of a man down and a shooter fleeing the scene.
According to Seattle Fire, the injuries are not life threatening.
Thursday night’s incident follows another shooting at 23rd and Union at Earl’s Cuts on October 6th. In that incident, a male in his late 20s was shot in the leg. A barber’s chair from inside Earl’s was amongst the evidence taken by police that night.
The search for the suspect Thursday night centered on the area around the Midtown Center parking lot and on E Union where the suspect was spotted walking casually from the scene. There were no immediate arrests.
A gang unit was called to the scene.
UPDATE 10/28/2016 9:05 AM: SPD has posted a brief report on the incident which police say took place inside the barber shop:
A 49-year-old man was wounded in a shooting Thursday evening at a barbershop near 23rd Avenue and East Union Street.
Police received reports of a shooting around 6:30 PM and arrived to find the 49-year-old victim sitting in a chair inside the business.
Witnesses at the scene didn’t provide much information about the incident, but it appears the suspect entered the business, shot the victim, and then fled. Several men were also reportedly heard arguing on the street near the business around the time of the shooting.
The victim was transported to Harborview Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries to both his legs.
The suspect–described as a black male with a short beard, wearing a Seahawks beanie, leather jacket, light colored shirt and khakis–walked away from the scene. Police searched the area but were unable to find the man.
SPD Gang Unit detectives are investigating.