SEATTLE - Police were called to Pioneer Square after a shirtless, bloodied man who had been shot in the face ran down the street screaming for help and trying to get into passing cars.
Shortly before 6 a.m. Thursday, multiple calls were placed to 911 reporting gunshots heard in the area of Third Avenue South and South Washington Street.
Men sleeping in the Union Gospel Mission said they were just waking up when they heard several shots outside their back door.
"We heard, 'pow pow pow pow pow.' A bunch of gunshots like it was right at our back door -- it was right next to us, and we all heard it and knew something was going on," said Ron Dettman.
Several witnesses said the man, identified as 31-year-old Martin Duckworth, was running down the street, trying to get into passing cars and a Metro bus. Several drivers called 911 to report a shirtless, bloodied man screaming for help.
"He was scared. You could tell he thought he was going to die," said witness James Henderson.
Police found Duckworth in the 300 block of Second Avenue Extension with a gunshot wound to his face.
Police said though Duckworth was alert and conscious, he wasn't much help to police trying to figure out who shot him.
"He was not able to provide them with any information or any detail -- what had happened, why it happened or provide us with a suspect description," said Seattle police spokeswoman Renee Witt.
He was transported to Harborview Medical Center in serious condition, where Seattle police discovered he is wanted by the Department of Corrections for failing to report to his community corrections officer in December, and a warrant was issued.
Duckworth has been jailed for several drug convictions.
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