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Monday, November 3, 2008

Halloween Shooting in Seattle

The normally busy Halloween weekend came to a close Sunday with police still investigating three shootings that took place on Halloween night.

In the first shooting, a 16-year-old boy was killed and a 15-year-old injured outside Garfield High School.

In a separate incident in the Central District, a man was wounded when a gunman fired on a crowd, police said.

The third shooting took place in Belltown, where a man was shot in the upper leg and a woman shot in the face after an argument. Both remain hospitalized with life-threatening injuries.

Police said no arrests had been made Sunday night in any of the cases.

A King County Medical Examiner's Office spokesman said the victims' names would not be released until Monday afternoon.

Friday night's first shooting was Seattle's 26th homicide stemming from incidents that occurred this year, and the 12th gun-related death. It happened about 8:30 p.m., just east of the Garfield High School Teen Center on 25th Avenue near East Cherry Street.

The wounded 15-year-old managed to reach the Teen Center, where police and firefighters found him shot in the stomach.

The 16-year-old boy was found on stairs behind the teen center that lead to 25th Avenue.

Both teenagers were taken to Harborview Medical Center where the older boy was pronounced dead.

While police have been reluctant to describe the shooting as gang related, gang rivalries have been behind at least half a dozen shootings that claimed the lives of young people in Seattle this year.

The second Central District shooting happened a few blocks away at 22nd Avenue and East Cherry about 12:45 a.m. Saturday. Police said someone inside a car carrying three men fired as many as 10 shots at a group of people gathered outside.

One wounded man ran with another man to a nearby business for safety. Police said victims and witnesses have been uncooperative in their investigations of both Central District shootings.

The Belltown shooting Friday stemmed from a parking lot argument and ended with a man shot in the leg and a woman bystander shot in the face.

The shooting, which happened near First Avenue and Bell Street just past 11:30 p.m., sent both to Harborview.

The 16-year-old killed Friday night was the second teenager to die from gunfire in as many days.

On Thursday, a King County sheriff's spokesman said a 16-year-old boy was shot and killed in parking lot of a Boulevard Park apartment, where he was babysitting his 2-year-old nephew.

Seattle police also are searching for the person who killed Corey E. Trainer, a 22-year-old found shot to death earlier this month in North Seattle.

Trainer's death was the first Seattle shooting homicide since September, according to the Medical Examiner's Office.

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