1 dead, 7 injured in downtown Seattle shooting; suspects still at large

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SEATTLE (KCPQ) – Authorities say one person was killed and seven others were injured Wednesday during a shooting in downtown Seattle.

The shooting happened around 5 p.m. after a fight escalated outside a McDonald's restaurant on 3rd Avenue and Pine Street.

"This was not a random incident," Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best said. "There were multiple people involved. There was a dispute that happened in front of the McDonald's. People pulled out guns and shots rang out."

Authorities say there were multiple shooters involved who then fled during the chaos. Chief Best says detectives are reviewing video to see the exact number of people involved in the altercation. She is calling on witnesses to help with the investigation.

Witnesses say they heard what they believed was automatic gunfire.

"I heard a few pops, it sounded like an automatic weapon," a witness named Douglas said. "I saw a couple people go down, and my first response was figuring out what I could do to help."

The incident happened less than half a mile from an officer-involved shooting that happened just hours before, and officers rushed from that scene after receiving calls of a "mass casualty incident."

Officials say a woman between 40 and 50 years old was killed while seven other people were hospitalized at Harborview Medical Center.

The youngest of the shooting victims, a 9-year-old boy, was listed in satisfactory condition Wednesday evening. Harborview spokesperson Susan Gregg said a 55-year-old woman was in critical condition and a 32-year-old man was in satisfactory condition.

The other four victims, men ages 21 to 49 years old, had all been treated and discharged from the hospital as of 10:05 p.m. Wednesday, Gregg said.

Chief Best says she doesn't consider this to be an active-shooter situation, but first responders are still asking people to stay away from the area as they investigate.

The incident is the latest in a string of violence happening in the span of 48 hours within the city. A man was killed Tuesday in a shooting near Westlake Center.

If you have any information about the suspect, you're asked to call police at 206-233-5000.  You can also submit a tip to Crime Stoppers anonymously using the P3 Tips App on your smart phone or by calling the hot line at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

This is a breaking news story. Check back for updates.

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