Two people were shot including one who was taken into custody and Seattle Police had to hold back a hostile crowd in closing time gunfire at Pike/Pine club The Baltic Room early Saturday.
SPD confirmed the shootings and said one person was in custody following the 2 AM melee outside the lower Pine club.
According to East Precinct radio reports, two victims suffered gunshot injuries to their legs and one of the victims at the hospital was to be arrested. It was not clear if there were other victims not found at the scene or if police were looking for additional shooters.
The incident began just after 2 AM with a SPD officer reporting “shots fired at the Baltic Room” as the club emptied for the night.
UPDATE 8:25 AM: SPD says a fight inside the club led to the shooting:
Witnesses began calling 911 to report a fight outside a club in the 1200 block of Pine Street at 2 am. Officers began arriving and heard multiple gunshots and saw a group of people attempting to flee the area. An officer approaching the scene spotted a 30-year-old man hobbling away holding a handgun. The officer ordered the man to the ground and took him into custody. The officer recognized the man as a convicted felon who is unable to legally possess a handgun. The man told officers that he had been shot multiple times and needed help. Officers called Medics to the scene to transport the man to Harborview Medical Center (HMC) for the treatment of four gunshot wounds. A second man, a 35-year-old, later approached the scene and told officers he too had been shot. Medics transported the second victim to HMC for further treatment. A security guard for a club stated that there had been a fight inside his club just before the shooting and that they were able to usher the people out just as the shooting began. Police recovered the handgun seen earlier by the officer and placed it into evidence. Detectives are now working to determine if they have identified all involved parties. This remains an active case and anyone with information is asked to call the tip line at 206-233-5000.
Police radio dispatches reported officers were holding at least one person at gunpoint just east of the Baltic on Pine and calling for emergency backup due to a large, unruly crowd. Officers formed a “riot line” and the use of pepper spray was authorized, according to East Precinct radio updates.
Both people hit by gunfire were found outside the club and were taken to Harborview. Police said the injuries were not life threatening. A gang unit detective was at the hospital to aid the investigation,
Police closed Pine to traffic between Boren and Melrose during the Seattle Fire response and while evidence was being collected.
The Pine shootout followed a shooting late Friday night after a Halloween event at the Federal Way Wild Waves.
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