Seattle shooting leaves toddler critical and two others injured as police hunt gunman
THREE people, including a two-year-old child, were shot in Seattle on Sunday afternoon as police launch a manhunt for the gunman who fled the scene on foot.
Police responded to reports of shots fired near an intersection in the city's Center District neighborhood at around 3.30pm local time.
Three gunshot victims were taken to area hospitals in private vehicles before police and paramedics arrived.
The youngest of the victims, a two-year-old child, is said to be in a critical condition.
The other two victims are both adult men, and are said to be in "satisfactory condition", KIRO7 reported.
Two of the victims were taken to Harborview Medical Center and one was transported to Swedish Hospital Cherry Hill.
No other injuries have been reported and no arrests have been made in connection with the shooting.
Multiple shell casings and blood were found at the scene, police said.
The shooting unfolded at the intersection of 23rd Ave S and Jackson, police said.
A suspect was seen traveling southbound on foot along 23rd Avenue S. and, after emerging around a corner, they fired shots eastward into the parking lot of an Autozone Auto Parts store.
Investigators do not yet have a clear description of the suspect.
Seattle police are encouraging any witnesses to come forward with any information they may have.
“When a 2-year-old is the victim of a shooting, it’s a really tough thing, even for officers to respond to,” Seattle police spokesperson Detective Valerie Carson told the Seattle Times.
Police have blocked off the northbound lanes surrounding the scene, asking all motorists to avoid the area amid the ongoing investigation.
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