With reporting by Alex Garland
A male victim with a gunshot wound to the chest was left in the parking lot of the Swedish Cherry Hill hospital following a night of gunfire around 23rd Ave.
All details on Thursday night’s shooting incidents in the Central District are preliminary. SPD has confirmed that one male has been shot and that police are investigating. UPDATE: SPD says the victim is a 31-year-old man.
The male victim was apparently shot in an incident at or near Powell Barnett Park around 9:15 PM before being driven to the 17th Ave hospital where other occupants of the vehicle ditched the car and fled. Seattle Fire says it transported the male victim in critical condition to Harborview on First Hill. The trauma center at Harborview is typically better equipped to handle life-threatening injuries than standard emergency rooms.
Gunfire was also reported coming from a vehicle near MLK and Cherry following the Powell Barnett shooting.
Earlier in the evening, gunfire rang out and multiple cars were involved in a crash near 23rd and Judkins just before 8:30 PM. We do not have information on any injuries in the shooting around Judkins Park but police were on the scene investigating and collecting evidence. The incident was originally reported to Seattle Fire as a shooting involving multiple people.
Police have found shell casings at both Central District shootings. Suspects outstanding as officers continue to investigate.
— Seattle Police Dept. (@SeattlePD) June 26, 2015
The King County Sheriff’s Guardian One helicopter searched the area briefly following the Judkins Park incident. There were no immediate arrests.
UPDATE 6/26/15 7:30 AM: Here is the SPD report on the incidents.
Detectives are investigating a pair of shootings in the Central District that sent one man to the hospital Thursday evening.
Officers were first called to Judkins Park near 23 Ave and Judkins St at about 8:30 PM when a group in the park began shooting at a passing car. Though no one was injured in the shooting, the targeted car sped from the scene and crashed nearby causing minor injuries to the vehicle’s four occupants.
Police have recovered shell casings from the park and will be submitting them as evidence. Gang detectives are handling the continued investigation of the Judkins Park shooting.
Shortly after 9 PM, officers responded to reports of gunfire at Powell Barnett Park near Martin Luther King Jr Way and Jefferson St. Witnesses reported to police that a vehicle exchanged gunfire with people standing inside the park. As a family of four drove past the park, a bullet struck the interior of the car. Fortunately, no one inside the car was hurt. Though all suspects had fled the scene before police arrived, a K9 officer located a gun near the park as well as bullet casings which have been collected for the investigators.
About fifteen minutes after the shooting at Powell Barnett Park, 31-year-old man was found on the ground after being dropped off in front of a nearby hospital. Medics transported the man to Harborview Medical Center with life threatening injuries.
Homicide and CSI detectives are speaking with witnesses and collecting evidence as they investigate the shooting in Powell Barnett Park.
Anyone who may have witnessed or have information about either shooting are asked to please call 911 and speak with an officer.