Multiple people shot in downtown Seattle

KING 5's Natalie Swaby and Heather Graf report.

SEATTLE – Five people were shot in downtown Seattle Wednesday night.

Seattle Police reported one male victim has life threatening injuries. All were transported to Harborview Medical Center. 

The four other victims, three male and one female, have non-life threatening injuries. Three of those victims were struck in their lower extremities, police said.

Police said an argument took place outside the 7-Eleven near Third Avenue and Pine Street about 6:45 p.m. The suspect walked away from a group of people, turned around, and fired at the crowd, according to police.

Additional police presence was already downtown for an unrelated anti-Trump rally, and crews were on the scene within one minute.

At this time, police said it appears several of the victims were not involved in the argument and were innocent bystanders.

Seattle Police are still looking for the shooter, who fled on foot.

Andy Wittenberg was shopping at Walgreens when the shooting happened. He said people ran into the store saying, “Get cover, get down.”

He thought the incident was over, so he went outside and saw multiple victims with a large police presence. Wittenberg said the incident was “pretty intense.”

“I’ve lived in major cities for a while. I’ve never seen anything close to this,” Wittenberg said. “This is the worst incident I’ve ever seen.”

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