Man in critical condition after U-District shooting

By Stephan Yhann

A daytime shooting in the University District has left one person in critical condition at Harborview Medical Center on Wednesday, according to Seattle Police.

The victim, who police identified as a 40 year old man, was in the parking lot of a Safeway located on the 4700 block of the Brooklyn Avenue,

A Seattle Police officer stands by a placard marking a casing on the west corner of the parking lot of Safeway parking lot on the 4700 block of Brooklyn Ave. after a shooting Wednesday, Mar. 26, 2014. Witnesses reported hearing between 6-9 shots fired, with one person reporting that the shooter ran north up an alley.

A Seattle Police officer stands by a placard marking a casing on the west corner of the parking lot of Safeway parking lot on the 4700 block of Brooklyn Ave. after a shooting Wednesday, Mar. 26, 2014. Witnesses reported hearing between 6-9 shots fired, with one person reporting that the shooter ran north up an alley.

when he suffered a gunshot wound (which appeared to be near his abdomen) after multiple shots were fired. Seattle policed later reported having detained the suspected gunman on I-5.

While witness accounts varied, two persons – including one eye witness to the shooting – identified a single male running from the scene up an alley as wearing a puffy, hooded black jacket and long pants.

Laura, a University District resident who asked to be identified only by her first name, said that she was in the parking lot when she heard multiple gunshots being fired.

“I wasn’t sure what it was at first,” she said. “That’s when I turned around and looked. That’s when I looked him right in the eye and saw that he had a gun.”

After firing an initial volley, Laura said that the man ran north up an alley, turned back and fired two more shots, then kept running. She described the shooter as a five and-a-half foot tall African-American man wearing a puffy black jacket and long pants.

Another man, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because he works near the crime scene, said that he was working when in a nearby office he heard several shots in the parking lot. When he got to his window, he saw the victim was lying on the ground by a green car in the southeast end of the parking lot. After the shooting subsided, he said several people around the victim began moving him toward a van parked in the center of the lot. The witness said he did not see the shooter.

Police and paramedics prepare to load the victim of the Wednesday’s shooting in the University District Safeway’s parking lot onto a stretcher for transport to Harborview Medical Center. The victim appeared to be receiving treatment for an injury near his abdomen, and is currently in critical condition, according to police.

Police and paramedics prepare to load the victim of the Wednesday’s shooting in the University District Safeway’s parking lot onto a stretcher for transport to Harborview Medical Center. The victim appeared to be receiving treatment for an injury near his abdomen, and is currently in critical condition, according to police.

Laura offered a similar account, saying that she heard people with the victim saying they had to leave and saw

Seattle Police officers stand inside the Safeway parking lot on the 4700 block of Brooklyn Ave. after a shooting Wednesday, Mar. 26, 2014, that left a man in critical condition. Seattle Police reported having detained a suspected gunman on I-5 north of Aurora.

Seattle Police officers stand inside the Safeway parking lot on the 4700 block of Brooklyn Ave. after a shooting Wednesday, Mar. 26, 2014, that left a man in critical condition. Seattle Police reported having detained a suspected gunman on I-5 north of Aurora.

them trying to get him into a van.

The victim was being treated by a red van near the center of the parking lot when this reporter arrived on-scene.

Tom Wallis, a resident of Queen Anne, was at the Jack in the Box north of Safeway when heard what sounded like several gunshots.

“It sounded like seven shots – it went like, ‘pop-pop-pop-pop!’” he said. “Then I see this guy – he was running like he did something.”

Wallis described the man as a wearing a black jacket and jeans, though he couldn’t remember the man’s race. He said the man came running out of the alley and jumped on a bus, which he assumed was the 70 because it was running off overhead cables.

Several of the witnesses expressed shock at what had happened.

“I’ve lived in this neighborhood for 22 years,” Laura said, noting she’d never seen anything like this.

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