Seattle Police are investigating a shooting in which a man was struck in the leg early this morning.
At about 12:20 this morning, officers responded to the 300 Block of 7th Avenue South, (7th and South Main ) in the wooded greenbelt that runs along Interstate 5. This area is actually owned by Washington State Department of Transportation and is fenced off. According to witnesses, a man entered the area and began arguing with several people who were sleeping in the greenbelt. It is unknown what the argument was about. The suspect, described as a black male about 40 years old, then went to his car parked outside of the fenced area and retrieved a handgun. According to witnesses, he began firing the gun randomly, not at anyone in particular, into the wooded area. One man, age 50, was struck in the leg.
The suspect then got into his car, described only as an older dark colored sedan, and drove off in an unknown direction. Officers responded to the 911 call and located the victim. He was treated at the scene by Seattle Fire and transported to Harborview Medical Center for treatment. The suspect was not located. Officers located a few shell casings at the scene which were recovered for evidence. Police continue to investigate.