5 injured in Seattle parking lot shooting; Police say no immediate arrests

A shooting in a parking lot in Seattle has injured five people

SEATTLE – Five people were injured in a shooting in a Seattle parking lot where the police chief said “dozens and dozens of shots” were fired. There were no immediate arrests and a police investigation was ongoing.

Three people — all in their 20s — remained hospitalized Saturday, though one of them was expected to be discharged later in the day, according to Harborview Medical Center spokeswoman Susan Gregg. A fourth person was treated and released.

A fifth person was treated at the scene, Seattle Police Chief Adrian Diaz said.

The Seattle Police Department responded to reports of a shooting around 9 p.m. Friday. It took place in an area where police said an outreach event was being held.

“We know there are dozens and dozens of shots that were fired,” said Diaz, who noted that police were unsure of a possible motive.

“Right now, we really need to get guns off the streets,” Diaz said, adding that the number of shootings in the city has fluctuated but remains a problem.

Seattle Mayor Bruce Harrell thanked community members and police at the scene for working together to protect residents.

“These community leaders are literally putting their lives on the line to protect their own community,” Harrell said. “But you see what we’re trying to build here in Seattle with these fine officers working with these fine community leaders, trying to protect their babies here, trying to protect our youth.”

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