2 Dead in 'Targeted' Seattle Homeless Camp Shooting

Cops say 3 more were wounded
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 27, 2016 1:27 AM CST
5 Shot, 2 Killed at Seattle Homeless Camp
Law enforcement and medics at the scene in Seattle.   (Dean Rutz/The Seattle Times via AP)

Two people were killed and three others wounded as shooting erupted Tuesday night at a Seattle homeless encampment known as "The Jungle," officials say. Police responded to reports of shots fired at about 7:20pm near Airport Way South and South Atlantic Street south of downtown.

They did a search of the wooded area and found five victims, police say. Assistant Seattle Police Chief Bob Merner said at a news conference the victims lived at the encampment, the AP reports. He said of the shooting that police "have reason to believe it was very targeted." Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O'Toole said police don't believe anyone else is in danger. "We are working furiously to identify a suspect," she said. (Read more Seattle stories.)

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