KING COUNTY, Wash. — Two men are dead in two shootings that happened less than 30 minutes apart overnight in King County.
One shooting happened in South Seattle in the area of Rainier Avenue South and Wabash Avenue South in the Rainier Valley just before midnight Tuesday.
The other happened at about 12:30 a.m. Wednesday at a convenience store off of Ambaum Boulevard Southwest and Southwest 136th Street in Burien.
In the Burien shooting, the victim was outside an AM/PM and appeared to be waiting for someone when at least two people approached the area and shot at him, according to detectives.
The suspects then ran behind the store, jumped into a vehicle and fled.
Officers and medics were called and the man was pronounced dead at the scene from at least one gunshot wound, according to King County Sheriff’s deputies.
As many as 20 shell casings were found at the scene.
King County Sheriff’s detectives are investigating to see if the shooting is gang-related or connected to Federal Way and Seattle murders that occurred within hours of the shooting.
In the South Seattle shooting, Seattle police officers were on routine patrol when they heard multiple gunshots.
As police were searching the area, they saw several people run across Rainier Avenue.
Officers found a 35-year-old man in a parking lot of a business in the 8300 block of Rainier, dead from multiple gunshot wounds.
Officers detained one man near the scene and found a weapon in the backyard of a nearby home. That man was later released.
A lieutenant at the scene said AK-47 that had been dropped was recovered.
It is not known if the found weapon was the one used in the murder.
A third fatal shooting occurred Tuesday afternoon in Federal Way on Dash Point Road and Pacific Highway South. A 19-year-old Kent man was the victim. Read the full story here.