3 injured in chaotic gun battle outside Renton apartments

RENTON, Wash. - Three people were injured in a chaotic overnight gun battle outside a Renton apartment complex that apparently involved three shooters.

Police and medics swarmed to the scene, the Sunset View Apartments parking lot in the 2100 block of SW Sunset Boulevard, just before 3 a.m. after receiving reports of several shots fired.

Officers found a man who was shot twice in the torso and a woman who had been shot in the neck. Both were rushed to Harborview Medical Center for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries

Some time later another man walked into Harborview with six gunshot wounds. Police determined he had been at the scene of the gun battle and may be one of the shooters. He also is being treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

A preliminary investigation found that the drama began as two men in a white vehicle were driving around looking for the girlfriend of one of the men. She was in another vehicle with two other men.

The white vehicle then pulled up behind the other vehicle, and the two men in the other vehicle got out and approached the white vehicle, pointed guns at the two men in the white vehicle and demanded their valuables.

One of the men in the white vehicle, a 20-year-old Seattle resident, ran from the car and was shot. The other man in the white vehicle pulled out his gun and returned fire. The woman in the other vehicle, a 19-year-old Seattle resident, also suffered gunshot wounds.

The investigation so far has found it highly likely that the man who walked into Harborview with gunshot wounds, a 24-year-old Seattle resident, was one of the two men who got out of the other vehicle at the scene and approached the men in the white car.

The second man in the other vehicle has not yet been identified.

One witness told KOMO News that the whole incident began and ended very quickly.

"It was like 10 rounds a time, and then it would stop, and then start over again and then it would stop and start again," she said.

She says she then heard a car speed off.

As dawn broke, police tape surrounded the scene and the parking lot was littered with multiple shell casings. The investigation continues.

Anyone who witnessed the shootings or has knowledge of the incident is asked to contact Detective Barfield at 425-430-7500 and reference case 14-6545.