Two people were killed and three others were wounded at a Seattle area homeless encampment, police said. The shooter is at large.
The shootings took place Tuesday night at a longstanding homeless encampment known as “The Jungle.” It’s located about half a mile east of Safeco Field where the Seattle Mariners play.
“We have reason to believe it was very targeted as far as what happened here tonight,” Assist. Chief Robert Merner said.
“No reason to believe there’s any ongoing danger,” Chief Kathleen O’Toole said.
Authorities want to talk to two people in connection with the shooting. SWAT and K9 units were sweeping the area.
The deceased are two men. One women is in critical condition, while a man and a woman are in serious condition, police said.
The shootings took place as Mayor Ed Murray was giving a live televised speech defending the city’s approach to homelessness. In November, the city and King County declared a state of emergency to address the issue.
“We are involved in a homeless crisis. The like we have not seen since the Great Depression,” Murray said following the shootings. “No city in American can deal with this (by themselves).”
He said “The Jungle” has been “unmanageable and out of control” for more more than two decades. It was already scheduled for cleanup on Wednesday.
Murray said he couldn’t help but wonder if he acted too late.