1 man killed in Motel 6 parking lot in SeaTac, another wounded in his room by stray bullet

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SEATAC, Wash. — A gunman shot and killed an out-of-town construction worker after a “verbal altercation” in a Motel 6 parking lot in SeaTac Wednesday night, the sheriff’s office said.

At the same time, another man was wounded when a stray, random bullet passed through a wall and hit him in the back, said Sgt. Cindi West, the public information officer for the King County Sheriff’s Office.

She said deputies were called at about 10 p.m. about a shooting at the Motel 6 at 18900 47th Ave. South in SeaTac.

West said three men from out of town who were construction workers and staying in the motel got into a "verbal altercation" in the parking lot with the suspect, West said.  The suspect then pulled a gun and opened fire, striking one of the construction workers, killing him.

The other two constructions workers were uninjured, she said.

But another bullet from the same gunman passed through a wall of the motel and struck a man in his room who had just gotten out of the shower and did not know any of the other individuals, she said. The man was hit in the back and received what was believed to be a non-life-threatening injury, she added.

The suspect -- described as a black man possibly in his 20s -- then fled. He was believed to be wearing a gray hoodie and dark pants, West said.

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