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1 dead, 2 injured after shooting in Kent's East Hill; suspects at large

One person was killed and at least two others were injured after a shooting in Kent Wednesday night, Jan. 31, 2018. (Photo: KOMO News)

KENT, Wash. - One man is dead and two others injured after a Wednesday night shooting in the East Hill area of Kent, police said. The suspect or suspects in the shooting are still at large.

Officers and medics responded to the scene, in the area near SE 240th Street and 108th Avenue SE, at about 9:55 p.m. after receiving a report of two people being shot and another person being struck by a vehicle, said Cmdr. Jarod Kasner of the Kent police.

Arriving there, officers found three victims - a 19-year-old man who had been shot in the upper torso, a 17-year-old male who also had been shot and a 17-year-old male who had been struck by a car.

Medics and police provided immediate lifesaving efforts, but the 19-year-old could not be revived and died from his injuries at the scene. The other two teens were stabilized and taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. Both were reported to be in satisfactory condition Thursday.

According to a preliminary iinvestigation, a dispute had erupted and shots were fired, striking the two victims. In the chaotic moments that followed, the third victim was struck by a fleeing vehicle, Kasner said.

Police said no suspect information is available to be released at this time.

"It is believed that this incident is specific to those involved and indications of "gang" association are being taken into account," Kasner said in a prepared statement.

Kent police detectives continue to gather information from witnesses and have collected evidence from the scene.

The investigation continues.


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