Seattle shooting leaves one dead, multiple injured

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One person is reportedly dead and several are injured following a shooting in downtown Seattle, Washington.

Police are currently investigating the shooting and believe the suspect is still at large.

The shooting was reported on Wednesday evening (local time) near Third Avenue and Pine Street, located near the city's busy Pike Place Fish Market.

Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best initially told local media that the alleged shooter acted alone. However, police have since said they are searching for multiple suspects involved in the incident.

"This is not an active shooting at this point, but we are collecting evidence and information," Best said in a media briefing. 

"This is not a random incident, there were multiple people involved. There was a dispute that happened in front of the McDonald's, people pulled out guns, shots rang out, people ran in various directions."

According to NBC News, the Seattle Fire Department confirmed that a 55-year-old woman is in a critical condition and a nine-year-old boy is in a serious condition.

Three others - a 35-year-old man, a 34-year-old man and a 21-year-old man - have been described as stable.

Harborview Medical Center, a trauma facility, told local media that it received seven patients, although initial reports claim at least five people have been hospitalised for their injuries.

The deceased victim was pronounced dead at the scene, according to Seattle Fire Chief Harold Scoggins. 

There is speculation that the shooting may have been gang-related, although this remains unconfirmed.

More to come.

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