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UPDATE 10:50 p.m. | Seattle police now say there was no crossfire. A single shooter was arguing with people across the street and fired at them. The victim was hit by one of the bullets. Police have also retracted their earlier, detailed suspect description. The only description now is that the shooter is a man in his 20s.

 

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EARLIER POST | A man in his 40s was killed after he was caught in the crossfire of a shootout this afternoon at Martin Luther King Jr. Way and East Cherry Street.

Seattle police say the victim was fatally shot as he drove with his family when gunfire erupted.

An investigator processes the scene where a driver was killed when caught in crossfire in Seattle on Thursday afternoon.  (Ken Lambert / The Seattle Times)

Detective Jeff Kappel says the the victim was one of three adults and two children in a van when shots were fired.

The shooting was reported around 4:38 p.m., according to Seattle police.

Times news partner CentralDistrictNews.com says the white Volkswagen van was headed west on Cherry, approaching 27th Avenue, when two men started firing at each other across Cherry. The van rolled into the crossfire and the driver was struck by gunfire.

The man’s two small children and two parents, who just arrived from out of town, were also in the vehicle at the time, according to CentralDistrictNews.com.

Police say preliminary information indicates that there may be three suspects. The primary suspect is described as a black male, light-skinned, late teens to 20s, 6 feet tall and about 170 pounds. His hair was in corn rows, police said. He was possibly wearing a dark hat, red jacket with gray or dark-colored panels on it, shorts and red shoes.

The three suspects were last seen running east on Columbia Street. Police are searching the area.