At least 5 people reported shot near Seattle homeless encampment

Two people were killed and three others were injured in a shooting at a Seattle homeless camp late Tuesday and police were searching for at least one suspect. 

Officers found the victims in a greenbelt area of Seattle known locally as The Jungle. The area is located near the interchange of Interstates 5 and 90, and is known for having several homeless encampments. Drivers were being told to avoid the area as police attempted to set up a perimeter.

The identifies of the victims were not known and police could not provide a description of the suspected shooter or shooters. 

The shooting took place at around 7:30 p.m. local time, as Seattle Mayor Ed Murray was due to give an address on the issue of homelessness in the city. 

“The scene is an active crime scene, at this point we don’t know if it is safe, we urge people to please stay away from it until we can get you additional information,” Murray said.

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