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Seattle McDonald's tragedy: Third shooting in less than two days

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Shootout near McDonald's
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Shootout near McDonald's

At least one person was killed and seven others, including a child, were wounded on Wednesday after a dispute among a group of people escalated into a shootout near a tourist area in downtown Seattle, authorities said. Carmen Best, chief of police in the northwestern US city, told reporters that multiple suspects were being sought in connection with the mass shooting that took place near a McDonald's fast food restaurant, just blocks away from the popular Pike Place Market.

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Dispute
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Dispute

It was the third shooting in the area in less than two days, and the latest incident of gun violence that has become all too common in the United States.
Best said witnesses and video footage indicated that the incident unfolded after several people standing in front of the McDonald's got into a dispute and began shooting at each other, hitting bystanders.

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Seven people being treated
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Seven people being treated

Authorities said a woman in her 40s was killed and several others were wounded in the shooting that occurred shortly after 5:00 pm (0100 GMT) when the area was crowded with people heading home from work or shopping. Officials at Harborview Medical Center, where all the wounded were transported, said seven people were being treated at the hospital, including a nine-year-old boy.

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Search for suspects
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Search for suspects

Police ordered people to stay out of the area and shut down a metro station as they searched for the suspects. One body covered with a white tarp could be seen in TV images lying on the sidewalk in front of the McDonald's following the shooting. It was unclear if any of the victims were tourists.

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Upsurge in crime
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Upsurge in crime

The shooting was the latest in a string of violent incidents in the city over the last 48 hours. A 55-year-old man was killed in a shooting on Tuesday. A day later, an officer-involved shooting injured a suspect. The Downtown Seattle Association released a statement urging officials to devote more resources to the area that has seen an uptick in crime in recent years.

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