UPDATE 11/22/2015 7:34 PM: As investigation continues, mayor, East Precinct commander address Broadway/Pike shootings
At least four people were reported shot in multiple bursts of gunfire near Broadway and Pike outside the QFC early Sunday morning. The store’s front door was shattered at the shooting scene. One victim was reported to have died by people at the scene but authorities say that the situation is not a homicide. Seattle Fire now says five victims suffered gunshot wound injuries or were injured by glass.
Police found multiple people injured and bleeding outside the QFC and near the upper level the parking lot in the incident just after 1 AM. One victim was also reported found inside the market with a gunshot wound to the leg.
UPDATE 8:40 AM: SPD has posted its report on the incident.
Gang Unit detectives are conducting the follow up investigation after four people were struck by gunshots.
At approximately 1:00 am, 0fficers responded to the intersection of Broadway and Pike, where witnesses reported hearing an argument between a group of people just before shots were fired. Witness reported that the shots came from a silver sedan, that immediately fled the scene following the shooting. Four people were struck by gunshots and one person was struck by glass fragments from the nearby large glass windows from the grocery store that shattered. Seattle Fire Department responded and transported the injured victims to Harborview Medical Center with non life-threatening injuries.
Gang Unit detectives responded and processed the scene. Multiple shell casings were located in the intersection. This remains an active and on-going investigation. The Gang Unit will conduct the follow up investigation.
Anyone who may have information on this incident is asked to contact the Seattle Police Department.
Seattle Fire reported three female victims were transported from the scene. According to radio dispatches, another victim was reported in “red” condition — code for life-threatening injuries. UPDATE: SFD tells us its medic crew determined the patient was hit by glass, not a bullet resulting in less serious injuries than first thought.
3 women in 20's with gun shot wounds being transported to hospital from Harvard Ave and E Pike St. 1 critical 1 serious 1 minor injuries.
— Seattle Fire Dept (@SeattleFire) November 22, 2015
Police reported hearing gunfire coming from behind the QFC and rushed to area, according to East Precinct radio. SPD’s gang unit was called to the scene to investigate the shootings.
UPDATE 3:30 AM: A member of the Emerald City Heroes Organization that performs citizen patrols in nightlife areas reports he was at the scene of the attack:
UPDATE 8:10 AM: Seattle Fire is reporting that four people shot in the incident have only minor injuries. We are working to clarify if there is a fifth victim or if reports that a victim has died are erroneous.
One person in a nearby club reported that patrons were kept inside in the immediate aftermath.
Police stopped vehicles in the area following the shooting and were detaining people for more information.
Glass at the QFC was shattered during the gunfire and at least one person reported their car was struck by a bullet.
A rise in gun incidents in Central Seattle has included a spate of shootings including Thursday night’s incident on E Cherry in which a teen was shot in the leg. Earlier that day, the FBI announced nine people had been taken into custody in a law enforcement operation focused on guns and drugs in the area around 23rd and Union following a deadly summer of Seattle shootings.
The area around the Harvard parking lots near where Sunday morning’s incidents occurred draws nightlife crowds and has been the scene for brawls and assaults. In August, a 23-year-old was gunned down in a parking lot shooting in another nightlife area of the Hill on E Pine near Melrose. That murder remains unsolved. A community vigil following that deadly shooting included calls for the city and property owners to make the area safer.
UPDATE: 8:20 AM: The ECHO group has posted video from the incident:
UPDATE: 12:35 PM: Employees at QFC say this is a bullet hole from Sunday morning’s shooting.