occurred around 7:15 p.m. local time near a large homeless
encampment called the Jungle south of downtown, the Seattle
Police Department said in a statement.
Two were confirmed dead and three were hospitalized. The victims
suffered gunshot wounds to the chest, abdomen and back, police
At a press conference, Assistant Police Chief Robert Merner said
the shootings were not random, the Seattle Times reported.
“We have reason to believe it was very targeted," he said.
Two suspects were being sought, police said.
Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, who earlier in the evening had been
giving a speech on the city's efforts to address homelessness,
described the Jungle encampment as “unmanageable and out of
control for almost two decades," the newspaper reported.
Murray has previously declared homelessness a "full-blown
crisis" in Seattle.
(Reporting by Victoria Cavaliere in Los Angeles; Editing by Nick
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