At least one person was reported shot and police were searching the area after finding a blood trail and shell casings in a shooting near 17th and E Mercer early Thursday morning.
Multiple 911 callers reported around eight gunshots just before 1 AM.
Arriving officers found a male with a gunshot wound to his upper torso at a nearby building , according to East Precinct radio dispatches.
Neighbors said that police were collecting evidence in the Berneva building where the victim went after he was shot. A nearby resident posted pictures showing blood at the scene and said the shooting involved a unit subject to multiple complaints in the building managed by Capitol Hill Housing.
Police found blood on E Mercer between 16th Ave E and 17th Ave E and were searching the area for a shooter and any possible additional people hit in the exchange.
The male was reported as conscious and alert by police before he was transported to Harborview for treatment.
UPDATE 1:45 AM: SPD has posted a brief on the incident: “Officers investigating shooting in alley at 17th Ave E/E. Mercer. One man taken to HMC, non life threatening injuries. K9 track going on right now. Additional information will be posted when available.”
UPDATE 8:21 AM: Police say the 17th Ave E incident was one of two shootings in the area overnight. Around 2:30 AM, police say a man was shot in the leg near Rainier Avenue South and South Charles.
The 17th Ave E incident was the third time a person has been shot on Capitol Hill in recent weeks. A man was shot in the leg in a Melrose alley Tuesday, April 23rd. Early on April 20th, a male victim suffered a grazing wound after being shot in the head in a shootout in a Pine parking lot.
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