Seattle has seen an uptick in gun violence, with more than 35 people shot, three fatally, so far this year.
Two men were shot and suffered non-life-threatening wounds at Gas Works Park early Friday when “a fight broke out between two groups,” Seattle police reported.
Investigators are searching for a suspect based on eyewitness accounts.
“Witnesses provided a description of the suspect and said he fled the park prior to officers arriving,” Seattle police said in a news release. “Additional witnesses said there were two separate groups having a get-together inside the park when a fight broke out between the two groups. The suspect then pulled out a gun and shot two people.”
One victim suffered a gunshot wound to his leg, while the other was shot in the stomach, police said. Seattle Fire Department medics took both victims to Harborview Medical Center. By 4 a.m., one of the men had been treated and released and the second one was in satisfactory condition, KING 5 reported.
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The men were shot before 12:18 a.m., when city police and fire crews were dispatched to the 1900 block of North Northlake Way for a reported “assault with weapon,” according to fire dispatch records.
Seattle police gang-unit detectives searched the park and recovered shell casings and additional evidence, police said. Officers are searching for the suspect, and police ask anyone with information to contact them.
Seattle has experienced an uptick in shootings so far this year. Through mid-May, there had been 35 people shot, with three fatalities, compared to 27 with five fatalities during the same period last year. Police partly attribute the increase to personal disputes between gang members.