Man found shot dead in street in Seattle's First Hill

Man found shot dead in street in Seattle's First Hill
SEATTLE -- A man was found shot dead on a street in the city's First Hill neighborhood on Friday.

Just after 9 p.m. medics responded to the 800 block of Ninth Avenue and found a man lying on the street with a gunshot wound to the chest. The unidentified man was pronounced dead at the scene.

Witnesses on the scene said they heard several shots - possibly three - being fired.

"I heard like a firecracker or a gunshot, about three times," said Normita Smith. "And I looked and I said, "Oh baby, someone got shot."

Police cordoned off a black Nissan Maxima parked near the body, but its involvement in the shooting was not immediately clear.

With guns drawn, investigators began a search of the area for the gunman, who remains on the loose. A description was not available.

The circumstances surrounding the shooting were not immediately clear, but police are calling the incident a homicide. Detectives are interviewing witnesses and canvassing the scene for additional clues.