Officers were investigating a report of a fireworks-caused trash can fire in the 200 block of West Highland Drive when a woman approached and frantically told them that her female friend had just been shot in the chest and that she was being driven by car to Harborview Medical Center, said spokesman Sean Whitcomb.
The woman arrived at Harborview a few minutes later and immediately underwent surgery, but her injuries don't appear to be life-threatening, police said.
Officers searched the area and found a Ford Focus that had been recently shot. Officers interviewed several witnesses and learned that the victim was standing outside of the Ford Focus talking to people inside the car when she was struck by gunfire from a passing Chrysler 300.
Officers believe that there may be a connection between the shooter and those inside the Focus and believe the violence was not a random act, Whitcomb said.
Officers searched for the Chrysler and found it abandoned in the Lake City neighborhood. Officers impounded the Chrysler to look for evidence.
Police are still investigating the incident.