A shooting in a Seattle parking lot injured five people, including two in critical condition.
SEATTLE — A shooting in a Seattle parking lot on Friday night injured five people, including two in critical condition, the city’s sheriff said.
The Seattle Police Department responded to a shooting reported around 9 p.m. at the 9200 Rainier Avenue South property.
The shooting began in the parking lot of what was formerly known as King Donuts and targeted a community event taking place nearby, Seattle Police Chief Adrian Diaz said at the scene.
Five victims including two are listed in critical condition and three appear to be stable. Diaz said four victims were transported to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle and a fifth was treated at the scene.
“We know that dozens of bullets were fired,” Diaz said, noting that police are uncertain about the possible motive.
“Right now, we really have to get rid of guns on the streets,” said Diaz, explaining that the number of shootings in the city fluctuates but remains a problem.
Seattle Mayor Bruce Harrell thanked community members and police at the scene for working together to protect residents, calling the violence a tragedy.
“These community leaders are really putting their lives first to protect their own communities,” says Harrell. “But you see what we’re trying to build in Seattle with these good officers working with these good community leaders, trying to protect their babies here, trying to protect our teenagers.”