Police investigating fatal downtown Seattle shooting, gunmen still on the run

SEATTLE, Wash. — Eight people were shot, one fatally, in a downtown Seattle shooting on Wednesday evening.

Seattle Police said the shooting took place near 3rd and Pine, near Pike Place Market.

Authorities said the woman killed was between 40 and 50 years old, but she has not been identified.

Harborview Medical Center officials said they received a total of seven patients, including a child.

A 55-year-old woman was updated from critical to serious condition Thursday morning.  A 9-year-old boy who was in serious condition on Wednesday has improved. The hospital said he is now in satisfactory condition.

Of the four other patients who were being treated, Harborview said three of them were discharged and the fourth was listed in satisfactory condition. A seventh patient was treated and released.

Harborview officials said the victims were shot in the legs, buttocks, chest and abdomen.

Chief Carmen Best said a dispute between the suspects erupted in gunfire.

“This was not a random incident,” Best said during a press conference.

A witness told KOMO that two men were walking in the area and arguing. The argument became violence when one man pulled out guns and began shooting. Witnesses told KOMO the victims appeared to be innocent bystanders.

Police are urging people to avoid downtown, as the gunmen have not been found yet.