Clubs and bars around E Madison were cleared Wednesday night as police searched for possible victims after a bout of gunfire at the Chop Suey nightclub, according to witnesses and SPD radio dispatches.
According to radio reports, police were not able to find a victim reported to be in the club’s bathroom. Police did find a bloody shirt at the scene and a bullet hole in the club’s back door. UPDATE: A reported
teenage victim with a gunshot wound to the arm was located at nearby Kaiser Permanente Capitol Hill’s urgent care facility. UPDATE x2: Around 11:45 PM, another victim who said he had been shot near Chop Suey was reported at a medical facility south of Seattle.
Residents and club goers reported hearing multiple shots around 9:45 PM. There were also reported shots nearby a few blocks away on E Madison. Police were setting up crime scenes across the area including inside the club to collect evidence and interview witnesses.
Wednesday night, Chop Suey was scheduled to host California rapper Mozzy. One witness said the performer had just taken the stage when shots rang out.
There has been no reported description of the suspect or suspects in the shooting.
Gang detectives are currently investigating shooting incident at club in 1300 blk E. Madison. Report of several shots fired inside, one victim showed up at urgent care clinic several blocks away with non life-threatening injury to arm. No other victims located.
— Seattle Police Dept. (@SeattlePD) November 23, 2017
View from Pony. Didn't hear any shots. pic.twitter.com/IdYfoMlozp
— Aaron J (@flyguy84) November 23, 2017
Gun violence has spiked in the area this week. Late Tuesday night, a man was shot to death in the Central District near 24th and Spruce. On Sunday, one person was hit in a fight reportedly involving more than 50 people inside a Broadway parking garage that ended with gunfire.
UPDATE 11/24/2017 8:10 AM: SPD has posted its brief on the incident:
Gang Unit detectives are investigating following reports of a shooting inside Chop Suey during a show last night.
At approximately 9:45 pm on Wednesday 911 began receiving calls of shots fired inside the club in the 1300 block of East Madison Street. Officers arrived and entered the building, searching for potential victims. The building was secured and no victims were located inside. It appears that two groups of individuals got into a physical fight inside the club and shots were fired, causing most of the show attendees to flee the club. There were reports of additional shots outside the club but officers could not find a scene outside.
While investigating, a victim with a non life-threatening gunshot wound to the arm showed up to an urgent care clinic. Approximately 2 hours after the initial call a second victim showed up at Highline Hospital in Burien with a non life-threatening gunshot wound to his arm. Both victims are expected to make a full recovery.
Gang Unit detectives processed the scene and interviewed witnesses and both victims. This remains an active and on going investigation.