Witnesses told officers that two groups of people "were in a disturbance" just before shots rang out, then people fled the scene, police said.
Two people were killed and another injured early Thursday in a shooting in Belltown, police said.
Seattle police officers responded to reports of shots fired near Fifth Avenue and Battery Street about 12:30 a.m. They found three people with gunshot wounds and two of them died at the scene, police said.
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The third victim was taken to Harborview Medical Center.
The two victims who were killed were identified Thursday afternoon as Shon Tiea Marie Ann Brister, 31, and Raymond Myles Jr., 39, according to the King County Medical Examiner’s Office.
Both died from multiple gunshot wounds and their deaths have been ruled homicides.
Witnesses told officers that two groups of people “were in a disturbance” just before shots rang out, then people fled the scene, police said.
The scene was cleared and roadways reopened by 6 a.m. Thursday.
Detectives are working with witnesses to identify a suspect, and anyone with information should contact the Seattle Police Department’s tipline at 206-233-5000.
The two deaths bring the number of homicides in Seattle to 23 so far this year, surpassing the 21 homicides investigated by Seattle police in all of 2016, according to a Seattle Times database.
There were 24 homicides committed in Seattle in 2015.