A violent incident at a hookah lounge in southern Seattle resulted in three fatalities and six injuries on Sunday, according to local law enforcement. The Seattle Police Department has yet to disclose details regarding potential suspects involved in the early morning shooting that took place in the Mount Baker neighborhood.
The police were alerted to the situation around 4:30 a.m. following several 911 calls. Upon arrival, they discovered a chaotic scene with multiple victims. Among the deceased were a 22-year-old male and a 33-year-old male, both of whom died on site. A 30-year-old female later succumbed to her injuries at Harborview Medical Center. The identities of the victims have not been disclosed at this time.
Among the six injured, a 23-year-old male is in critical condition, while the remaining five victims, ranging in age from 21 to 38, are reported to be in satisfactory condition.
The circumstances leading up to the shooting remain unclear, and the investigation is ongoing. Authorities have recovered five firearms from the scene.
Seattle’s Mayor, Bruce Harrell, issued a statement in the aftermath of the tragedy, highlighting the city’s ongoing struggle with illegal firearms. Despite the police department’s record-breaking recovery of 869 guns through July, the mayor acknowledged the persistent issue of illegal firearms falling into the wrong hands, potentially leading to further tragedies.