Gun battle leaves 1 dead as residents dive for cover

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SEATTLE -- A gun battle in the Riverton-Boulevard Park neighborhood south of Seattle left one person dead and sent residents diving for cover early Wednesday, according to officials.

King County sheriff's spokeswoman Cindi West said investigators believe people in two cars were shooting at each other at about 1:20 a.m.

One of the cars crashed near a home in the 1000 block of 102nd Street as shots were still being fired. Some of the gunshots hit the home, and everyone inside got down on the floor, West said.

When deputies arrived, they found a man shot to death in the passenger seat of the car that crashed, and the driver suffered a life-threatening gunshot wound to the head.

He was taken to Harborview Medical Center in critical condition.

Deputies are looking for the other car that is believed to be involved in the shooting, and West said at least two houses and one other car were hit by the gunfire. No one in the houses was hurt.

"It was probably... a running gun battle," she said.

A neighbor said he heard at least a dozen shots fired.

It was not clear what prompted the shooting, and no description of any suspects or the other car has been released.

Investigators found a gun in the car with the two shooting victims, and deputies have cordoned off the area while they search for bullet casings and other evidence.