Central District

Man clinging to life after overnight shooting near Seattle U.

Man clinging to life after overnight shooting near Seattle U.
Police investigate the early morning shooting in Seattle's Central District.
SEATTLE - A 37-year-old man was shot in the chest and found lying in the middle of the street early Wednesday in Seattle's Central District.

It was the third shooting incident this week in the neighborhood near Seattle University.

Police responded to the scene, in the 800 block of 16th Avenue, at about 2 a.m. after receiving a 911 call. Fire department medics took the victim to Harborview Medical Center with life-threatening injuries.

Seattle police detectives gathered up several bags of evidence from the scene. And then the department's gang unit arrived - talking with several people who live in a nearby house.

Investigators later impounded a car as part of their investigation into the shooting. Police says the red Corvette was parked about two blocks away from the shooting scene. It's now being processed for evidence.

A witness saw a red Corvette leave the scene.

The shooting is the latest in a string of violent incidents in the same neighborhood, only a few blocks away from the Seattle University campus.

On Monday morning, 19-year-old walked to Swedish Hospital for treatment after someone shot him in the leg. Later that evening, a handful of people found their cars all shot up. The shooter also opened fire at a house and business.

And last week, a Seattle University student had to hit a panic button on campus after three people beat and stabbed him.

Police found two of the suspects in that incident - teenagers - hiding nearby. A short time later, a police dog found the third suspect, a man in his 20s, hiding in a maintenance yard.

Investigations continue into all the incidents.