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Originally published July 14, 2014 at 5:48 PM | Page modified July 14, 2014 at 9:29 PM

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Victims and witnesses silent on Skyway shooting spree

Victims and witnesses won’t talk to police about a Sunday shooting spree in Skyway that left six people injured, according to the King County Sheriff’s Office.


Seattle Times staff reporter

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Detectives investigating a shooting in Skyway early Sunday that left six people injured have not identified suspects, the King County Sheriff’s Office said Monday.

Victims and witnesses have been unwilling to speak to law enforcement, said Sgt. DB Gates, a spokeswoman for the Sheriff’s Office. Investigators believe gang members were involved, she said.

“No one is cooperative or wants to tell us what we believe they know,” Gates said.

She said investigators were canvassing the neighborhood for surveillance video that may have captured the shooting but were hoping witnesses would come forward.

The 3:50 a.m. shooting happened in a parking lot in the 12600 block of Renton Avenue South and involved at least two handguns and multiple rounds of ammunition, Gates said.

Deputies in the area were close enough to hear the shots and arrived rapidly, she said.

There, they found many people fleeing the area and a small crowd gathered behind businesses near the former Club Afriq, a bar and dance club where a 22-year-old man was fatally shot in 2008 and a 33-year-old man survived multiple gunshot wounds in 2010.

Gates said the shooting has not been tied to the new business at that location, the Upper Nile Hookah Lounge.

She said it was unclear whether the gunshots came from someone within the crowd or from a vehicle, and the crowd scattered when deputies arrived, Gates said.

Of the six victims, two were grazed by bullets and treated at the scene; four were taken to area hospitals by private vehicles. The most seriously injured victim, a woman, was taken to Harborview Medical Center with what were reported to be life-threatening wounds.

Initially detectives identified five victims, but they said Monday a sixth had suffered a minor wound.

All are expected to survive, Gates said.

Christine Clarridge can be reached at cclarridge@seattletimes.com or 206-464-8983.



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