Published: Thu, January 23, 2020
Global News | By Blake Casey

1 killed, 5 injured in Seattle shooting, suspect at large

1 killed, 5 injured in Seattle shooting, suspect at large

One person was killed and seven others seriously wounded, one of them a child, when a gunman opened fire in a busy area of the USA city of Seattle.

Seattle Fire Chief Harold Scoggins said there were six victims at the scene, including the person who died. Victims had gunshot wounds to the legs, chest, buttocks and abdomen. One person was found dead in a heavily trafficked area of downtown and five others were taken to a Seattle hospital, he said.

The suspect appears to have been a "lone shooter", Seattle Police Department Chief Carmen Best told reporters.

The suspects fled the scene, and authorities are now searching for them, police said.

The shooting broke out around 5 p.m. near Pike Place Market and cops were searching for multiple shooters who fled the scene, according to Seattle Police.

The Seattle Police and Fire departments did not immediately respond to PEOPLE's request for comment.

Mr Parsons went into the building lobby and saw two victims: one outside, lying in front of the building, visibly injured but alive and moving.

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Susan Greg, a spokesperson from Harborview Medical Center, said they were treating seven patients, including a 9-year-old boy.

Seattle Police said that a suspect is still at large.

"It was pretty frightening when we saw people running because you don't know if it's going to be gun shots or firecrackers", another witness identified as Win said.

Douglas Converse said he had just left a downtown coffee shop and was headed to a light rail station when he "heard a couple of pops, and then a series of pops".

"I was on the first set of escalators", Cook said.

The scene was chaotic, she said.

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