5 Shot in Downtown Seattle, Gunman at Large

TOM LIDDY

Five people were shot Wednesday night outside a 7-11 convenience store in downtown Seattle, leaving two of the injured in critical condition.

The male suspect escaped on foot and is being sought by police.

The victims consist of four men and one woman. They are between the ages of 20 and 50, according to a spokeswoman at Seattle's Harborview Medical Center, where the injured were transported. The hospital tweeted that two males were in critical condition, two other males were in serious condition, and the female had been upgraded from critical to serious.

Police said two victims sustained life-threatening injuries after a man fired into a crowd outside the 7-11.

Seattle Assistant Police Chief Robert Merner told The Associated Press there was "some type of argument that took place, a suspect walked away and then fired into crowd striking those individuals."

A 7-11 store manager who was working at time of the shooting. told ABC affiliate KOMO she heard a string of shots ring out around 6:45 p.m.

"I told everybody to just get down," Sharon Keith said. "I looked out and there were multiple people down and bleeding."

Merner said the shooting did not appear to be related to nearby anti-Donald Trump protests, one of several that broke out in cities across the country.

"As far as we know, it seems to be a personal argument," he said.