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Victim dies after shooting by masked man in Central District

Victim dies after shooting by masked man in Central District
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SEATTLE - A 19-year-old man has died after he was shot by a masked man Friday night in Seattle's Central District.

Police responded to the scene, in the 2500 block of South Norman Street, at about 7:30 p.m. after receiving a report of a person shot, said Detective Jeff Kappel of the Seattle police.

When officers arrived on scene, they found a man in his 30s with multiple gunshot wounds. Police believe the man was hanging out with friends outside a nearby residence when a masked man walked up to him and began shooting.

The shooter then got into a waiting car, described as a light-colored Mercedes Benz, and sped away toward the east, Kappel said.

It appears that there were other suspects in the vehicle, but it is unknown how many. Nobody else was injured in the shooting.

"The suspect approached him on foot, shot him and then ran back to a waiting vehicle - the Mercedes - got in it, and they sped off," Kappel said.

A woman who was visiting the neighborhood said she heard the gunshots.

"People were screaming, women were screaming, 'Call the police. Call the police,'" she said.

Witnesses told police the shooter was a black man who stands roughly 5-feet-11-inches tall with a thin build. He has dreadlocks or braids and was wearing a black ski mask.

The victim was taken to Harborview Medical Center with life-threatening injuries. He later was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Homicide, gang and CSI detectives are investigating the shooting.

Anyone with information or who may know the whereabouts of the suspects is asked to immediately call 911 or the Seattle Police Homicide Tip Line at (206) 233-5000. Anonymous tips are welcome.
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