A woman was reported hit in the chest in a shooting early Saturday morning in the 1400 block of Broadway.
Seattle Fire was at the scene to treat a woman in her 20s shot in the chest, according to radio dispatches. She was rushed to Harborview after treatment at the scene. SPD said the woman was in critical condition.
Police rushed to the area just before 2 AM after reports of shots fired in the parking lot above the QFC at Broadway and Pike. Police found shell casings in the lot and were detaining vehicles spotted leaving the area but made no immediate arrests. At least one business window was shattered by the blasts.
Information is preliminary at this point and has not been confirmed by SPD or Seattle Fire.
Officers investigating after woman shot at Broadway/Madison. Vic taken to hospital in critical condition. More information when available.
— Seattle Police Dept. (@SeattlePD) August 6, 2016
UPDATE 11:40 AM: SPD is looking for witnesses to the shooting and reports that the victim’s injuries were not life threatening:
Gang unit detectives are investigating after a woman was shot in the 1400 block of Broadway last night.
Witnesses called 911 just before 2 am Saturday saying that a woman had been shot in the chest. Officers arrived and found the woman suffering from a single gunshot wound.
Seattle Fire department medics took the woman to the hospital with non life-threatening injuries.
Crime scene investigators located multiple shell casings, a damaged window, and bullet hole in a nearby car.
Detectives are working with witnesses to develop a suspect description. If you have any inforation in this case please call the non-emergency line at 206-625-5011.
Patrons attempting to leave nearby venues were reportedly asked to remain inside as word of the shooting spread to area security teams during the immediate police response to the shooting. Television crews had been busy on the Hill earlier in the night covering reaction to SPD’s announcement of “unconfirmed reports of drugged drinks” at Capitol Hill bars.
The area around the Harvard Market parking lot has been a trouble spot for law enforcement as late night crowds gather around vehicles as the neighborhood’s bars and clubs empty around 2 AM’s last call. In November of 2015, five people were injured in a drive-by below the lot at Broadway and Pike in front of QFC. Meanwhile, a crowded 2 AM parking lot on Pine near Melrose was the scene of a deadly shooting in August 2015.
Two weeks ago, SPD rushed to the Harvard Market lot following gunfire just before 3 AM on a Saturday morning. The week before that, officers searched for a gunman in the Broadway parking lot behind Mud Bay and across the street from Neighbours. Nobody was injured in those incidents.
Saturday’s Broadway/Pike shooting follows gun violence Thursday morning on Capitol Hill. In that incident, the gunman was arrested after shooting a man on E John near 10th. In all, the most recent shooting marks the fourth incident of gun violence on the Hill in the last four weeks.
SPD periodically has pledged to step up patrols including recently during Pride following the Orlando nightclub shooting and the East Precinct has regularly shifted to “emphasis patrols” around Pike/Pine and Broadway during the summer months, especially on Friday and Saturday nights when the area swells with club and bar crowds.