Man shot in chest in Rainier Beach



SEATTLE -  A man was shot in the chest Friday night in a Rainier Beach parking lot, and a gunman is at large, police said.

The shooting happened between the McDonald's and Safeway in the 9200 block of Rainier Avenue around 6 p.m.


According to police, witnesses reported seeing a group of men arguing near the southeast corner of the parking lot. A man then opened fire and hit another man in the chest.


The 25-year-old victim was transported to Harborview Medical Center, and his condition is unknown at this time.


Two men were seen running away from the area  and the gunman is still at large, police said.


Crews shut both directions of the 9200 block of Rainier Avenue for police to investigate the shooting. The street later reopened.


KIRO 7 Eyewitness News reporter Gary Horcher spoke with a man who works at the Safeway, and he said the violence has to stop.


“This happened here at my job, I have to come here every day to work! You know? I mean, people getting shot over here, another guy got shot over there. It’s ridiculous,” said grocery clerk Seth Bryant. “It’s like you can’t go to the store, you can’t go to school without having to worry about, ‘Am I going to be able to come home tonight?'”


A man who parked his truck told police one of the bullets hit the frame of his vehicle and flattened the tire as he heard the gunshots.


Bryant told KIRO 7 that he was breaking a code of the streets, which meant to never talk to police or the media after a shooting.


“They call that the street ‘o-murder,’ the no snitching code. Even if you saw something, you didn’t see nothing. If you heard something, you heard it in your deaf ear,” Bryant said.


Hours after the shooting, Mayor Mike McGinn was getting briefed by Seattle police. He later tweeted that there will be extra emphasis patrols in the area during the weekend.