2 taken into custody and released following UW shooting
SEATTLE — The suspect and another individual involved in a shooting that critically injured a man in Red Square on the University of Washington campus Friday night turned themselves over to police early Saturday morning.
The UW Police Department says the suspects were interviewed and released pending further investigation.
“Our detectives consulted with a deputy prosecutor and a collective decision guided by the prosecutor’s office was made to release the two individuals,” Major Steve Rittereiser said. “I want to be clear that although they were released they were the only individuals/ suspects involved. They were cooperative with investigators and releasing them poses no threat to the community.”
Authorities are not looking for additional suspects.
Violence erupted at UW Friday night as protesters opposed to a right-wing speaker at the campus and his supporters clashed. Bricks, firecrackers, and paint were thrown at officers and others — and then a gunshot rang out.
The Seattle Fire Department confirmed an adult male was shot and had a “possible life-threatening injury”; he was rushed to Seattle’s Harborview Medical Center.
Harborview spokeswoman Susan Gregg later said the victim, who police said was 25 years old, arrived at the hospital at 9 p.m. and that he was in critical condition and undergoing surgery.
UW Police Department is still investigating the shooting.