Police block a road following a shooting in Seattle, Washington, on Wednesday night. Photo: JESSICA SCHREINDL/via REUTERS
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Seattle shooting leaves 1 dead, 7 wounded; suspects at large

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By Steve Gorman

A violent altercation that escalated into gunfire in downtown Seattle left one woman dead and six other bystanders wounded outside a fast-food restaurant on Wednesday, and police said they were searching for at least two suspects.

The precise circumstances of the shooting, what precipitated the bloodshed and the number of people involved remained murky hours after the incident, which unfolded in a busy shopping district during the evening rush-hour.

The violence, which investigators deemed was "not a random incident," grew out of a dispute in front of a McDonald's restaurant, Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best told reporters at a briefing near the crime scene.

"People pulled out guns, shots rang out, people ran in various directions," she said.

The chief added there were "multiple people involved as shooters" who apparently fled the scene, but she declined to specify how many suspects police believed were at large.

"We've locked down the scene. We have no active shooting at this point ... so everything is safe for the night."

Seattle television station KOMO-TV, citing witness accounts, reported that two men were seen arguing on the street before pulling guns on each other and opening fire as pedestrians around them scattered for cover.

All of those hit by gunfire were believed to have been bystanders, authorities said.

A Fire Department spokesman described the lone fatality as a woman about 40 to 50 years of age, who was found dead at the scene. Seven other victims were brought to Harborview Medical Center's emergency room, a hospital spokeswoman said.

One of those patients was a woman in her 50s who was listed in critical condition as she underwent emergency surgery, according to Seattle Fire Chief Harold Scoggins. Another was a 9-year-old boy in serious condition, he said.

An office worker identified only as Bill told KOMO-TV he heard gunfire and saw scores of people running away in terror as he watched the scene unfold from an upstairs office window .

"It was sheer panic," he said. "I've never seen anything like it."

© Thomson Reuters 2020.

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Keep it coming, USA.

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Another day in USA.

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Two gun toting 'he-men' (in their own minds) get into a fight, and because they're carrying guns (because they're cowards) decide to shoot at each other with no regard for anyone else.

If an innocent was shot and killed, my condolences to their family, friends and community. If innocents were injured, knock wood they heal quickly.

How much will this cost taxpayers?

Hats off to all emergency personnel, especially those who put their lives on the line every single time they're on duty, knowing there are so many cowards and whacks on the streets carrying weapons.

Screw a bunch of talk about 'motive'. This, like all other shootings, happened because a coward (maybe 2) carrying a gun pulled the trigger. The more guns in circulations, the more cowards and outright whacks carrying guns, the more guns will be used. What a sick, sick country.

I'm so pleased I live in Japan.

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Rare to hear of a shooting in Seattle as opposed to Chicago or Baltimore...

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In a country that allows anyone to carry guns it can be expected there will be shootings like this over disputes. It's sad that bystanders suffer because guns are legal.

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Guns guns guns, the American way.

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Heroin dealers. Just like in Amsterdam.

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Land of the fee, home of the gun wielding. Fire that many times at the stars that spankled banner is going to fall and kill someone. The price of freedom does require large amounts of red and white blood. And a handgun, just to be freedom loving.

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Rare to hear of a shooting in Seattle as opposed to Chicago or Baltimore...

Not anymore. Almost daily lately. Not as bad as some of the cities with the biggest problems, but getting worse. Where this happened has long been known as a place to buy street drugs. Where there are people buying and selling drugs, there are creeps with guns. And Seattle is an American city, ergo it's easy to get guns. The more guns in circulation, the more shootings. The only 'good guys' on the streets with guns are the police.

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Settling a dispute using gun, over a Big Mac...i'm imagining the worst possible reason for the perpetrator to pull out his gun

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two men were seen arguing on the street before pulling guns on each other and opening fire as pedestrians around them scattered for cover.

Welcome to America.

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Washington state passed stricter gun control laws last year with 60% approval that have been in effect for 6 months. It raised the age, supports safes and trigger locks, added enhanced background checks for semi-automatic rifles along with added rules for mental patients who haven't been found mentally incompetent in court and existing felon laws. If police are called for domestic violence, firearms can be seized by police.

Seattle isn't the entire US any more than Yokohama represents all Japanese cities.

Where I live, I see police maybe 2 times a month, driving down a main road. They can't be everywhere.

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Two gun toting 'he-men' (in their own minds) get into a fight, and because they're carrying guns (because they're cowards) decide to shoot at each other with no regard for anyone else.

If an innocent was shot and killed, my condolences to their family, friends and community. If innocents were injured, knock wood they heal quickly.

How much will this cost taxpayers?

Hats off to all emergency personnel, especially those who put their lives on the line every single time they're on duty, knowing there are so many cowards and whacks on the streets carrying weapons.

Screw a bunch of talk about 'motive'. This, like all other shootings, happened because a coward (maybe 2) carrying a gun pulled the trigger. The more guns in circulations, the more cowards and outright whacks carrying guns, the more guns will be used. What a sick, sick country.

I'm so pleased I live in Japan

VERY WELL SAID !!!...

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An armed militia acting as a deterrent against tyranny; that’s the founding fathers ideal. In defence of their constitutional right to own guns, however, patriots have made a pact with the devil. Their intransigence towards limiting gun ownership, far from guaranteeing liberty, is implicated in its erosion. Too many guns in too many wrong hands will eventually boomerang back on all those who own guns for the right reason. If they’re really serious about freedom, they’d be well-advised to take the lead in separating their right to bear arms, from the non-existent right of all the others.

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Not anymore. Almost daily lately. Not as bad as some of the cities with the biggest problems, but getting worse. Where this happened has long been known as a place to buy street drugs.

Another liberal policy run city out of control, this is insane.

Where there are people buying and selling drugs, there are creeps with guns. And Seattle is an American city, ergo it's easy to get guns. The more guns in circulation, the more shootings. The only 'good guys' on the streets with guns are the police.

Can’t argue with you there.

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Mass shooting also happen in republican run cities and states.

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Democrat city with strict gun control laws. How does this happen?

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WolfpackToday  02:19 am JST

Democrat city with strict gun control laws. How does this happen?

Easy. Two Republican Confederates armed to the teeth (part of a well regulated militia) decided to see who could imitate theif hero John Wayne the best by firing at some "redskins" but sadly, they had failed geography class miserably and only realized later that they were in Washington state, not Washington D.C.

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Don´t have a particular stake in this whole gun brouhaha, but I thought Seattle was a gun-free zone in a gun-free state full of woke voters, so gun crimes should not exist?

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Democrat city with strict gun control laws.

You seem to be implying that there is a reason why this wouldn't happen in a democratic city in America with strict gun control laws.

Am I misreading that? And if so, what was the point of your statement? If not, then what is this implication you are making?

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stranger:

You seem to be implying that there is a reason why this wouldn't happen in a democratic city in America with strict gun control laws.

Well yeah, the argument seems always to be that strict gun control laws as advocated by the democrats prevent this sort of thing. So now they don´t?

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Well yeah, the argument seems always to be that strict gun control laws as advocated by the democrats prevent this sort of thing.

The left have never claimed people couldn't bring guns in from other states. So no, the argument doesn't always seem to be that.

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The only 'good guys' on the streets with guns are the police.

Can’t argue with you there.

You finally admit that every civilian with a gun is a bad guy. But you want civilians to have guns. Why do you want bad guys to have guns?

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If only WilliB could get the true facts and news from real websites. I won't say what they are, of course, so don't ask me.

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