Man shot in chest in Rainier Beach neighborhood

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rainierSEATTLE –“I walked out the parking lot. I heard bang, bang, bang, bang, bang.”

James Anderson couldn’t believe he walked out of his neighborhood grocery store in south Seattle — and right into a crime scene.

“Crazy. Crazy, but this is kind of a crazy place,” Anderson said.

Police say a man, believed to be in his 20s, was shot in the chest in the Safeway parking lot at the corner of Rainier Avenue South and 2nd Avenue South,  just after 6 p.m. The victim was transported to Harborview Medical Center; his condition was not immediately known.

At the scene, witnesses reported seeing a group of men arguing near the southeast corner of a parking lot, before one of the men opened fire, striking another man in the chest, police said.

Police searched the area and cleared the scene, but the gunman got away.

“I was a little scared. I don’t know someone’s got to do something about these guns,” Anderson said. “Down here it’s getting really bad and I really think someone’s got to do something about this because you’re trying to get groceries and you don’t know if you can go out to the parking lot and not be shot.”

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn came to the scene and was briefed.  He said police will have extra patrols in the Rainier Beach neighborhood this weekend.

If you know anything about the shooting you are asked to call Seattle police.

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  • Mr Holmes

    This is not an excuse to ban guns. They are criminals im sure the gun was stolen or purchased illegally.
    Most crimes are not comitted by their own registered guns. Just sayin in case you scary berries get to thinking its the guns fault again. Shure looks like someone wants us to feel that way.

  • guest

    "someones got to do something about these guns" how about someones got to do something about the way children are being brought up? Can you say partental responsibility? I'm sorry but in rainier valley this is merely natural selection.

  • S. Seattle Resident

    These kids coming up now do not care, they are violent, committing crimes at an early age, breaking in houses, stealing cars and much more. Also their parents don't care or take time to keep them off the streets. There has to be something done and harsher punishments for these criminals. And I know resources are limited but maybe having a police station in the area will help (rainier beach).

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