Seattle police are trying to determine whether two shootings that left five people injured in the Central District were connected.

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Seattle police are trying to determine whether two shootings that left five people injured in the Central District Thursday night were connected.

One man is in critical condition with gunshot wounds and four people suffered minor injuries in a car crash after a second shooting, police said.

The four car passengers were hurt in a crash after their car was fired on by a group of people at Judkins Park, near 23rd Avenue, at 8:30 p.m., according to Seattle police. Detectives recovered shell casings from the park.

The second shooting happened about a half-hour later at Powell Barnett Park, near Martin Luther King Jr. Way South and Jefferson Street. Witnesses there told police that someone in a vehicle exchanged gunfire with people standing in the park.

A bullet struck the inside of a passing car that held a family of four, police said. None of the family members were injured, they said.

Though the suspects had fled by the time police arrived, a K9 officer was able to find a gun near the park as well as bullet casings, according to the Seattle police blotter.

About 15 minutes after the second shooting, a 31-year-old man was found on the ground in front of a nearby hospital after being dropped off, police said.  He was taken to Harborview Medical Center with what police described as life-threatening injuries.

Homicide and gang detectives are speaking with witnesses and collecting evidence as they investigate the shootings.