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5 injured in 3 separate shootings in Seattle early Sunday morning

Seattle Police Department reports that five people were injured in three unrelated shootings in the night between Saturday and Sunday.

The first shooting occurred in the 4300 block of University Way Northeast.

“We were just hanging out in the bar and the next thing we hear is five gunshots going off and it’s like, pop, pop, pop,” Ivan Avila said.

When the police arrived, they found that four people had been shot. The victims’ injuries were not life-threatening, according to police. Avila helped one of the victims and used his belt as a tourniquet.

“I wrapped it around his leg because he was bleeding so much, so I tried to help him,” Avila said. “I didn’t know what to do, I’ve never been in this situation, but it looks like he’s safe, I hope he makes it.”

The shooting took place in the same area where a driver fleeing a Saturday incident hit and killed a pedestrian the day before.

Police said they received a call at 1 a.m. and witnesses reported that a man “outside a known bar” got into an argument with another man and fired as many as five shots. Police were unable to locate the shooter.

An hour and a half later, the next shooting was responded to after a message was fired a few blocks southeast of Hing Hay Park in the Chinatown-International District. Twenty-nine casings, two bullets and fragments of bullets were found by officers at the scene, while four vehicles and two buildings were hit by the gunfire. There were no reported injuries from the incident, nor were any suspects identified.

Tim Nolan walked and found some of the casings.

“I was just walking down the street and I thought, is this a bullet, gun, grenade on the ground? And I think it was,’ said Nolan. “Wasn’t all that unusual, but I didn’t expect to get there on a Sunday afternoon.”

The third shooting was within minutes of the second, near Smith Tower along Second Avenue. After no victims or witnesses were initially found, police say a man walked into Harborview Medical Center with a gunshot wound to his leg. He was then interviewed by officers and told them he was “shot by an unknown man” after trying to end a fight.

No arrests were made in any of the three incidents. The Seattle Police Department is asking anyone with information to call the department’s tip line at 206-233-5000.

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