One person was reported shot in the leg and police found multiple caliber shell casings and were searching for at least two suspects — one possibly also wounded — after a shootout Tuesday night in an alley off the 100 block of Melrose Ave E.
The incident was first reported just after 8 PM. Police found the wounded male and multiple scenes with shell casings and blood.
Police were searching the area for a vehicle and two suspects including one reported wearing a ski mask.
One suspect was also possibly wounded in the exchange.
SPD has confirmed that one person was shot but has not released further details about the incident.
UPDATE 4/24/2019 10:10 AM: SPD says the shooter is described as “a black male in his 20’s wearing a black sweatshirt and grey sweat pants” last seen getting into a a waiting silver Toyota Corolla:
Gang Unit detectives are investigating after a man was shot in the leg Tuesday evening in a Capitol Hill alley. Witnesses began calling 911 at 8 p.m. to report shots fired in an alley of the 100 block of Melrose Avenue East. Officers arrived and found a 23-year-old man with a gunshot wound to the calf. Seattle Fire Department medics took the man to Harborview Medical Center for treatment. Witnesses described the shooter as a black male in his 20’s wearing a black sweatshirt and grey sweat pants. They said the suspect climbed into a waiting silver Toyota Corolla and fled the scene. Gang Unit detectives are now investigating and asking anyone with information to please call the SPD Violent Crimes tip line at (206) 233-5000.
Tuesday night’s shooting was the second in four days on Capitol Hill after a man was shot with a grazing wound to the back of the head in an exchange of gunfire in the Pine parking lot across from the Baltic Room early Saturday morning. Saturday night, a man was shot in the parking lot of the 23rd and Jackson Starbucks in the Central District following another shooting incident at the same location the previous week. CHS reported on SPD’s approach to curbing area gun violence — an approach SPD says is working — prior to the latest wave of shootings.
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