A shooting in Seattle‘s University District has left two dead and three injured, while the gunman remains at large.
The shooting occurred around 11 a.m. at Cafe Racer, a restaurant and music venue north of the University of Washington, according to The Columbian. One of the wounded reportedly has life threatening injuries, and all wounded have been taken to Harborview Medical Center.
During the manhunt, police also responded to another shooting in downtown Seattle, which apparently took place during a carjacking. Police report that a woman was wounded during the incident, and that police have been searching for an armed man driving a black SUV. They did not immediately report if the two incidents were related.
KIRO-7 reports that Roosevelt High School is locked down and Eckstein Middle School and Green Lake Elementary are on a modified lockdown. Police have also cordoned off the area around Care Racer while the search for the gunman continues.
He is described as a man in his 30s, about 6 feet 1 inch tall, with a thin build and curly light brown hair. He is reportedly wearing a white and brown plaid shirt and dark pants.
Evan Hill, who lived above the building where the shooting took place, stated that the care is an artists’ collective and also a performance space. Hill stated, according to KIRO-7, that, “Its the strangest place to think of a shooting.”
Seattle police has stated on their Twitter account that the scene of the crime is currently very active, and that people should avoid the area for as long as possible, while they search for the gunman. Three blocks around the area have been sealed off, and are currently blocked to traffic.
Nick Metz, an officer with the Seattle Police Department, advised residents in the area not to open doors to strangers, and to also keep all possible entry points locked.
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