Police said a series of harassing text messages led to a shooting at a West Seattle apartment that left one man injured.

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Seattle police said a series of harassing text messages led to a shooting at a West Seattle apartment building that left one man injured.

According to police, officers were called to a building near the intersection of Southwest Morgan Street and 35th Avenue Southwest just before 9:45 p.m. Thursday after reports that shots had been fired from an apartment and that a man had been hit.

The victim of the shooting also called 911 shortly after the incident and said he had been shot in the leg.

Officers found the injured man across the street from the scene of the shooting. He told officers he knew the suspect through a mutual acquaintance — an ex-girlfriend — and had received a series of harassing text messages from the man Thursday evening, police said.

When the victim went to the suspect’s apartment building to confront him over the texts, the suspect appeared on a third-floor balcony and opened fire, the victim told police.

Officers evacuated the building and searched for the suspect, but were unable to find him.

Medics transported the victim to Harborview Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.