At least 1 dead, 7 injured in shooting outside McDonalds in downtown Seattle
At least one person was killed and seven others injured — including a child — after a dispute in front of a McDonald’s led to a shooting in downtown Seattle on Wednesday night.
Multiple people fired shots and panicked people fled in different directions, Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best said, and investigators are reviewing evidence to determine how many suspects are at-large.
Seattle Fire Chief Harold Scoggins said authorities began receiving calls at about 5 p.m. Wednesday of multiple gunshot victims. One person, a woman, was found dead in a heavily trafficked area and others were injured, fire department spokesman David Cuerpo said.
“We responded immediately and we discovered victims at the scene in about a one-block radius,” Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best told reporters. “Officers immediately started life-saving measures.”
It is possible some of the injured fired shots, Best said. Investigators are reviewing footage and collecting evidence to determine who may have left the scene. Fire officials transported five injured people to Harborview Medical Center, Scoggins said, and two additional injured people went to the hospital on their own for treatment.
A 9-year-old boy was in serious condition and a 54-year-old woman was in critical condition, Scoggins said. Five others were in satisfactory condition.
Of the seven hospitalized, four were discharged, the hospital said on Twitter.
In a statement, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee said he was “horrified and dismayed” by news of the shooting.
“We grieve for the one individual confirmed dead in the shooting, and wish a full and speedy recovery to those who were injured,” Inslee said.
The third shooting in downtown Seattle in two days snarled traffic, forced the temporary delays of light-rail routes and led Amazon to urge its employees to shelter-in-place.
Tyler Parsons was working the register inside the nearby Victrola Coffee Shop when the shooting occurred, the Seattle Times reported. He heard no shots – they play music loud in the store, Parsons said – but customers started dropping to the ground.
People were running behind the register, taking cover. He hustled five or six customers inside a back storage area, along with a coworker.
He waited a couple of minutes before walking back out. Parsons went into the building lobby and saw two victims: one outside, lying in front of the building, visibly injured but alive and moving. The second was inside the lobby, up against the security desk, with an apparent gunshot wound to the leg. He muttered, “I think I got shot, I think I got shot,” Parsons said.
Samantha Cook, 40, of Edmonds, said she was refilling her transit card in Westlake Station when she heard the shots.
“I was on the first set of escalators,” Cook said. “There were a lot of gunshots that started going off – maybe 10 or 11. It was just rapid fire.”