1 of 2 critically wounded in Kent gunfight upgraded to satisfactory condition

King County deputies respond to the shooting scene. (KOMO News photo)

KENT, Wash. - One of two men critically wounded in an apparent gunfight in Kent was upgraded to satisfactory condition Wednesday.

Two men shot each other several times Wednesday morning outside a business just south of Kent, sheriff's deputies said.

“I’m still in awe about it. I didn’t think it would ever happen,” said Thornton Anderson, who works at a nearby tow yard. I mean people are getting hot headed nowadays. People act stupid before they think about the consequences.”

King County sheriff's deputies and medics responded to the scene, near Benford Metals in the 26100 block of 78th Avenue South, at about 8:10 a.m. after receiving reports of shots fired.

“We don’t know who pulled the gun first, who shot first, why any of that,” said Rafe Vacca, who said he works with one of the gunman.

Two men, ages 29 and 30, were found with multiple gunshot wounds. They were treated at the scene and rushed to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle in critical condition.

Vacca said his co-worker sent him a message mid-afternoon.

“He sent us a picture of him in his hospital room and he had a smile on his face. He had his mom and his wife there. He looks like he’s going to be okay.”

A preliminary investigation found that the two drove to the scene in separate cars. They got out and began exchanging gunfire, each hitting the other several times, said Sgt. Ryan Abbott of the King County Sheriff's Office.

Investigators don't know what led to the shooting, Abbott said. There are no other suspects outstanding, he added.

Abbott said the two shooters were lucky the gunfight was only about a mile away from a large fire that destroyed a grain storage facility, which meant that medics were nearby and able to respond more quickly than they would have otherwise.

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