Seattle police are still piecing together what happened to spark a fight between two men outside a nightclub in Pioneer Square early Monday and then “spun out of control” and left five people wounded by gunfire.
One of the victims, a 26-year-old woman, suffered life-threatening injuries when she was shot in the face, according to police. Four others — three men ages 19, 20 and 24 and a 22-year-old-woman — were also wounded, but not as severely, police said.
Seattle Police Department spokesman Jeff Kappel said detectives believe that at least two people fired guns.
One suspect, a 21-year-old man, was arrested away from the shooting scene. He was booked into the King County Jail for investigation of felony assault and being a felon in possession of a firearm, police said.
Police said the altercation began shortly after 1 a.m. at Second Avenue South and South Main Street.
While headed to the scene, officers heard gunshots and then reported that their patrol car had been struck by a beige sedan driven by a woman who was fleeing the shooting scene, according to police.
The woman, who also ran into a parked car, was detained and questioned, police said.
A witness then led police to where the critically injured 26-year-old woman was lying. She was taken to Harborview Medical Center, where she remained under treatment later Monday, Kappel said.
At 1:30 a.m., a second victim of the shooting, a man, was dropped off at a Seattle hospital with a gunshot wound to his foot, police said.
The occupants of the car that dropped him off, which was located and detained on Martin Luther King Jr. Way, also were questioned, police said.
Seattle police say they were contacted by Kent police about a third victim who was in a car Kent officers had pulled over. The victim told officers that he had been shot in Pioneer Square, Seattle police said. He was taken to Harborview.
No information about the other two victims was available.
Police said that because of the complexity of the case and the number of victims, witnesses and potential suspects involved, the investigation remains ongoing.
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