Investigation opened after shooting in downtown Seattle sends one to hospital

A 31-year-old man was transported to Harborview Medical Center on Wednesday after a shooting in downtown Seattle.

The Seattle Police Department reports that at 2:10 p.m., multiple 911 callers reported the shooting on 3rd Avenue and Pike Street. Police have identified that the shooting victim was carrying narcotics and a handgun.

Witnesses say the victim may have exchanged gunfire with the suspect after an altercation. Ballistic evidence at the scene indicates damage to a King County subway bus.

The victim’s gun and narcotics were seized as evidence. Police report the victim is a convicted felon. Police detectives are continuing to investigate the incident on Thursday.

“He shot this guy at close range, in front of everyone,” a witness at the scene told KIRO 7 TV of the suspect. “This is the fifth shooting I’ve seen in the past four or five years.”

This intersection – 3rd Avenue and Pike Street – has been a recurring site of violence in recent months. In December 2021, another gunshot victim was rushed to hospital with serious injuries. In October 2021, a 35-year-old man was shot and killed in the city center.

An investigation by the SPD’s Gun Violence Reduction Unit into the Jan. 19 downtown shooting is ongoing.