One person was reported hit by gunfire in a shootout involving at least one vehicle Monday afternoon near 15th and Union.
Seattle Fire was called to the scene around 1:45 PM to treat the victim who, according to East Precinct radio reports, was hit in the crossfire. We do not have further victim information at this time.
Police were searching for at least one vehicle reported fleeing the scene and a shooter seen leaving on foot.
Police closed the area to traffic as they collected evidence and shell casings.
UPDATE: SPD says the victim’s injuries are not life threatening:
Police investigating shooting near 15th and Union. One person struck in the leg, non life-threatening injury. Suspects in car shot at group standing in bus stop who returned fire at car. Both groups fled the scene. Additional information will be posted when available.
UPDATE x2: Police say the victim, an adult male, was not involved in the altercation:
A man in his 30’s was struck in the lower leg after occupants of a car and two young men standing near a bus stop began shooting at each other Monday afternoon near 15th Avenue and East Union Street. The victim is being treated at the hospital for a non life-threatening injury. Just before 2:00 pm on Monday, September 3rd, East Precinct officers responded to a report of “shots fired” in the 1500 block of East Union. Officers arrived quickly and located the victim with the injury to his leg. Seattle Fire responded and treated the victim at the scene, and then transported him to the hospital for further treatment. It was determined that the victim was uninvolved in the dispute between the two parties and was simply an uninvolved pedestrian. The investigation showed that a light blue vehicle, possibly a Dodge, was driving slowly along Union Street near 16th Avenue. Two young men were walking near the bus stop when one of the occupants of the Dodge began shooting at the two on the sidewalk. At least one of the pedestrians fired back at the Dodge. It is unknown if any of the individuals were struck. The pedestrians fled northbound on 16th and the Dodge drove off westbound on Union. Despite an extensive area search, officers were unable to locate the vehicle or the suspects that ran. Officers located and collected shell casings, bullet fragments, and shattered car glass from the scene. This remains an active and on-going investigation.
The shooting follows efforts by SPD to calm a spate of gun violence in the area following a string of shootings and drivebys in August. Police officials have said the violence stems from a resurgence in personal disputes and tensions between gangs in the Central District and South Seattle.