12 injured in mass shooting at Kent low-rider car show

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KENT, Wash. - Twelve people were injured in a mass shooting Saturday afternoon that may have started with an argument over a paint job at a low-rider car show off Pacific Highway.

Police would not confirm what the argument was about, but said the gunfire erupted when a fight broke out among some of the people at the car show.

Police and medics raced to the scene, in the 23200 block of Pacific Highway, as multiple reports of casualties poured in at about 4:15 p.m.

Eight of the victims were rushed to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, arriving in a steady stream with numbers scrawled on their arms and foreheads with black marker. At least two of the victims drove themselves to the hospital.

Several suspects fled the scene in one or more vehicles, according to Kent police spokesman Sgt. Jarod Kasner. The exact number was not disclosed, nor was there a description of the vehicles.

Kasner said the drama began when a fight broke out among some of the people at the car show and several gunshots were fired. As the crowd dispersed, 12 people were hit by gunfire.

One witness told KOMO News that the fight started when one man bad-mouthed another car owner's paint job.

"I was out there chilling with a friend and somebody started dissing somebody else's paint job. And then some people came up together and then started started gangbangin'," said the witness, who identified himself as "Harrison."

Police would not confirm what started the argument.

"It is unknown what caused this confrontation to abruptly escalate from a fight to a shooting," Kasner said.

But Kasner did say the shootings may have been gang-related, and that gang detectives have been called in for the investigation.

Police investigators are investigating at the scene which contains multiple pieces of evidence. They are also interviewing the victims and several persons that witnessed the shooting.

One witness told KOMO News that she heard at least 10 shots fired.

"I saw a lot of people running everywhere, running across the street, then the cops showed up," said the witness, Trish Harvey, who works at a local dive shop.

She said the shootings shattered what had been a "very peaceful celebration" at a La Raza low-rider car show and concert.

Another witness, who was inside a nearby Subway restaurant, said about 200 to 300 people were at the car show when the shooting started.

He said he saw people running and heard 10 to 12 gunshots. He hustled people inside the restaurant and locked the doors as shots echoed through the parking lot.

Another witness said it appeared that two groups of people got into an altercation and then someone pulled out a gun and started shooting.

The witness said there were young children standing just a few feet away when the shooting started.

"We tried to get all the little kids," she said.

The eight victims brought to Harborview ranged in age from 14 to 32.

They were identified as two boys, aged 14 and 17; four men, aged 21, 26, 30 and 32; and two women, aged 23 and 29. All are now listed in satisfactory condition.

One of the victims may have been shot multiple times.

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Kent police are interested in speaking to anyone that may have attended the car show, taken photos during the car show or who may have knowledge of the events that led to the shooting. Anyone with information should call the Kent Police Department Tip Line at 253-856-5808.