Woman shot in buttocks at Capitol Hill parking lot

SEATTLE - Police are investigating after a 23-year-old woman was shot in the buttocks late Friday in a Seattle gas station parking lot.

Medics and officers responded to the scene, an AM/PM parking lot at 12th Avenue and East Jefferson Street, at about 11:15 p.m. after receiving a report of shots fired, said Sue Stangl of the Seattle Fire Department.

A woman was found at the scene with a gunshot wound to her buttocks. She was taken to Harborview Medical Center for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

A preliminary investigation found that the victim and her boyfriend were on their way home from a restaurant and stopped at the gas station to refuel, said Renee Witt of the Seattle police.

The woman pulled alongside a gas pump and got out while her boyfriend stayed in the passenger seat of the car. As she was walking to the rear of the vehicle, she was shot one time in the buttocks area.

Witt said it appears the woman was not the intended target of the gunshot, but was inadvertently hit.

According to witnesses a possible shooter fled on foot away from the scene. Police searched the area, aided by a K-9 police dog, but the suspect was not found and remains at large, Witt said.

The Seattle police gang unit will conduct the follow-up investigation.