22-year-old Seattle man shot, critically injured during argument

SEATTLE - A 22-year-old man suffered life-threatening injuries Saturday evening when he was shot during an argument between several people near the Mount Baker area of Seattle, police said.

Officers responded to the scene, in the 500 block of 26th Avenue South, shortly after 5 p.m. after several neighbors called 911 and reported hearing three to five gunshots, said Seattle police spokeswoman Renee Witt. There were also reports that the shooting victim was leaving with several people in a silver Mazda.

As police responded to the shooting scene, additional officers went to Harborview Medical Center and found the silver Mazda with the shooting victim and others inside.

The victim was rushed into surgery with two gunshot wounds to the torso. His current condition is not available.

According to witnesses, the shooting took place after an argument broke out in front of a house at the scene. The victim, the shooter and several other people were involved in the argument.

When detectives contacted the victim's mother at Harborview, she told detectives that her son was at the scene of an argument between his father and the father of her son's 18-year-old girlfriend. During that argument her son was shot.

The victim's mother also said she does not know why her son was shot and didn't know the name of the girlfriend or the girlfriend's father.

The shooter is described as a black man in his early 20s, who was last seen wearing a black jacket, black shoes and a knit cap. The suspect fled the area on foot.

The Seattle Police Department's Gang Unit is actively investigating the shooting.