Police are investigating a shooting that left a young man dead Wednesday evening in the 1500 block of Third Avenue in downtown Seattle, according to Seattle police.

The shooting victim, who appears to be in his late teens or early 20s, suffered a wound to the abdomen, Detective Valerie Carson said. The victim was taken to Harborview Medical Center in critical condition, but he later died, she said.

Transit service was rerouted off Third Avenue between Stewart and University streets, according to King County Metro.

Police received reports of the shooting around 7:15 p.m., and arriving officers gave the young man aid before Seattle Fire Department medics arrived, Carson said.

Police are reviewing surveillance video from the area to see whether it may have captured the shooting as they search for a suspect, Carson said.

The shooting happened not far from another shooting Sunday near Third and Pine Street that left one man dead. The shooting and other incidents of violence prompted city officials to say they plan to increase the presence of law enforcement in the area.


City officials said their strategy to address the longtime issues with violence will include a consistent law-enforcement presence along with an emphasis on making felony arrests. Other efforts include plans to renew business presence and foot traffic.

But many business owners have said it’s difficult to get foot traffic in an area that does not feel safe for customers or employees.

After Sunday’s deadly shooting, the owner of Piroshky Piroshky bakery said she planned to close out of concern for her employees and customers.