Three men are dead in separate shooting incidents in Seattle, Burien and Federal Way. Authorities said detectives were investigating whether the shootings were related.

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In the past 24 hours, three men were killed in shootings in Federal Way, Seattle and Burien.

The violence began about 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at Pacific Highway South and Dash Point Road, where officers found a 19-year-old man shot and lying on the sidewalk, said Cathy Schrock, a spokeswoman for Federal Way police.

The man had just stepped out of a Metro bus, Schrock said.

Efforts by officers and medics to save the man’s life were unsuccessful.

Schrock said, “Preliminary information is that a vehicle approached the victim, shortly after he exited a bus at the location, and fired several shots. It appears he was specifically targeted. The motive is unknown at this time.”

She said detectives are working to obtain video from the bus, “which may be useful to the investigation.”

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In Burien, a man in his 20s was shot and killed about 1 a.m. Wednesday outside an AM/PM convenience store in the 1300 block of Ambaum Boulevard Southwest, said King County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Sgt. Cindi West.

“He appeared to be waiting for someone,” West said.

She said at least two assailants approached the area and shot at him. They then ran behind the store and jumped into a vehicle and fled.

She said potential gang ties have not been ruled out.

In Seattle at about midnight on Tuesday, a 35-year-old man was found with fatal gunshot wounds in the 8300 block of Rainier Avenue South.

Officers on patrol heard multiple shots and saw several flee on foot.

One man was detained near the scene, questioned and released. A weapon was recovered nearby, but it was unclear whether it was used in the shooting, police said.

Detectives are investigating whether any of the shootings are related.