Crime

BREAKING: Two Critically Injured in Rainier Beach Shooting

KOMO News (RVP news partner)

Two people were injured in a Tuesday night shooting outside of a Rainier Beach restaurant.

Police say the shooting happened just after 8 p.m. in the 9400 Block of Rainier Avenue S.

Medics on scene outside of Maya’s Restaurant worked on two adult men suffering from an unknown number of gunshot wounds. At least one of the victims required CPR.

Both men were transported to Harborview Medical Center with life-threatening injuries.

It’s unclear what led to the shooting and police don’t have any suspects in custody.

Several people were seen running from the area just after the shooting, but police aren’t sure if they’re suspects or if they were bystanders just trying to get away from the gunfire.

The area has been a hotbed of violence in recent months.

On January 26, two people were shot just blocks away at Rainier Avenue South and South Fisher Place. Earlier that month, two more people were shot outside of a Rainier Beach Subway restaurant.

Assistant Police Chief Nick Metz said the department is keenly aware of the recent violence in the area.

“The reality is that this isn’t a game,” Metz said. “This is not a game. We have people dying out here. We’ve seen a huge increase ( in violence) since January 1st and the department is taking this very seriously.”

CSI, homicide and gang unit detectives are investigating.