Bystander killed during gunfight in Seattle's Central District



SEATTLE - Police are looking for two suspects after an innocent bystander was killed when he was caught in the crossfire of a gunfight in Seattle's Central District.

According to the Seattle Police Department, the shooting happened at Martin Luther King, Jr. Way and East Cherry Street around 4:38 p.m. Thursday.

Officers told KIRO 7 Eyewitness News reporter Alison Grande that a man in his 40s was driving a white van with his parents and two children inside.

According to police, two men were shooting at each other as they ran down opposite sides of the street.  During the gunfight,  the driver of the van was shot and killed. 

A witness said they saw two children jump from the van and run away.

When officers arrived at the scene, they found a man with a gunshot wound inside a van.  Medics with the Seattle Fire Department were unable to revive the victim.

A preliminary description of one suspect is a light-skinned black man in his late teens to 20s, 6 feet tall, 170 pounds, with hair in cornrows.  He was possibly wearing a dark hat, a red jacket with gray or dark-colored panels on it, shorts and red shoes.

Police said the occupants of the van had no connection with the shooters.

Officers are searching for the gunmen.

Anyone with information about the gunmen or who witnessed the shooting is asked to call the Seattle Police Department.