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Man shot overnight in Belltown is Seattle's 5th shooting victim in 3 days

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SEATTLE - Police are investigating yet another shooting in Seattle - this time in Belltown, where a man was shot overnight near several nightclubs and restaurants.

Officers and medics responded to the scene, near 1st Avenue and Blanchard Street, at around 1:40 a.m. Friday after receiving reports of a disturbance and gunfire.

Arriving there, they found a 27-year-old man lying on the sidewalk with grazing gunshot wounds to his chest and leg. He was taken to Harborview Medical Center, and police say his injuries are not considered life-threatening.

Officers received conflicting information from witnesses at the scene, but say they believe the incident began with a fight in front of a nightclub in the 2200 block of 1st Avenue.

The victim of the shooting was reportedly involved in the fight and then ran to a parking lot, where he was chased and then shot by a second man. The shooter then fled the scene.

Detectives are still working to identify the suspect in the incident. No description was immediately provided.

Nathan Harris, who was near the shooting scene, said pandemonium broke out after the shots were fired.

"It was pretty lively out here," he said. "I was having my last cigarette of the night, and then I heard two, three gunshots. And after that I just saw everyone running in different directions."

The shooting comes right on the heels of two others that hit four victims in a 24-hour period that has Seattle police ramping up patrols.

The surge in violence started Wednesday night when a 16-year-old girl was shot and killed outside a bakery. A man inside was wounded - and neither appeared to be the intended target.

Then on Thursday morning a couple in their 70s were shot while driving on Martin Luther King Jr. Way. They survived, but the husband is in the intensive care unit at Harborview.

So far no one has been arrested in any of those cases.

Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O'Toole says her department is working with the FBI to get a handle on the violence. Investigators are also trying to determine whether the Friday morning Belltown shooting may be connected to other recent shootings in Seattle.

Anyone with information about any of the shootings is urged to contact Seattle police.

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This story has been updated to clarify that the victim's injuries are no longer considered life-threatening.

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