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A woman arrived at Harborview Medical Center with life-threatening injuries after a shooting melee in Skyway early Sunday that left four others injured by gunshots.

King County sheriff’s Deputy DB Gates said the department received a call of shots fired at about 3:50 a.m. Deputies in the area of 12600 Renton Ave. S. were close enough to hear the shots and arrived rapidly, she said.

There, they found a small crowd gathered behind businesses near the former Club Afriq. Five people in the crowd, including the woman later taken to Harborview, had been hit.

It was unclear whether the gunshots came from someone within the crowd or from a vehicle, and the crowd scattered when deputies arrived, Gates said.

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Officers were able to stop one car that was speeding away, but the occupants were not believed to be suspects.

Within a half-hour, another shooting victim arrived at Valley Medical Center in Renton, a third at Swedish Medical Center on First Hill, and a fourth at Harborview. All were adults and all had been driven to the hospitals in private vehicles, Gates said.

The fifth was treated at the scene for a grazing wound, Gates said.

No arrests have been made. The condition of the woman taken to Harborview with life-threatening injuries was not available late Sunday.

“Our officers were there really quickly, but everyone scattered. Nobody wanted to stick around and talk to us,” Gates said.

There is no description of who may be the shooter or shooters, she added. “It could easily have been more than one,” she said.

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