8 shot, 1 dead after gunman opens fire in Downtown Seattle

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SEATTLE, WA (AP) — Police say a gunman opened fire in downtown Seattle on Wednesday night, killing one person and wounding seven others.

Seattle Fire Chief Harold Scoggins said Wednesday that authorities began receiving calls at about 5 p.m. Wednesday of multiple gunshot victims.

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He says one person was found dead in a heavily trafficked area of downtown and that five others were taken to a Seattle hospital in critical condition.

The Seattle Times reported later Wednesday evening that seven people were being treated at a hospital for gunshot wounds, according to police.

Police Chief Carmen Best says what they believe is a lone suspect fled and police are searching for him.

It’s the third shooting in downtown Seattle in two days.