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Teenager killed in shooting near Garfield High School in Seattle

The Seattle Police Department (SPD) reports that a teenager who was shot in a shooting near Garfield High School on Thursday afternoon has died.

According to an updated post on SPD's SPD Blotter, Harborview Medical Center confirmed that despite life-saving measures, the teen “succumbed to his injuries” and died. The department also added the news to its X account.

According to the SPD blotter post, officers responded to reports of the shooting in the 400 block of 23rd Avenue at 12:30 p.m. and subsequently found a 17-year-old boy with multiple gunshot wounds.

SPD officers then rendered medical aid until the Seattle Fire Department (SFD) arrived and continued treatment. The teen was taken to Harborview Medical Center in serious condition. Earlier Thursday, Harborview spokeswoman Susan Gregg confirmed to KIRO Newsradio that they were treating a male teen in connection with the shooting.

The Department reported on X Thursday that Garfield High School was locked down after the shooting. The lockdown was lifted at 3:15 p.m.

Officers determined that an altercation had taken place on school grounds prior to the shooting, according to the SPD Blotter. The male suspect, who is believed to be “high school age,” fled the scene and has not yet been located. Police cordoned off the area until Seattle Police Homicide Squad arrived.

At a press conference on Thursday afternoon, SPD deputy leader Eric Barden said it all started when a student broke up a fight.

“One of the original fighters approached the victim, apparently angry that they had intervened,” Barden said. “Some words were exchanged, an altercation ensued, and then the suspect pulled out a gun and fired several shots at our victim, striking him.”

The SPD has not released an exact description of the suspect, but KIRO 7s Bridget Chavez As reported, the SPD is looking for a person “who wears red jeans, a red shirt and a black belt and has dreadlocks”.

Seattle Mayor Bruce Harrell, a former Garfield High School student, also spoke at the press conference and said he was instructing the SPD to pay more attention to the area and to patrol the police after the shooting, but he said the police should not overreact.

“It's about protection. It's about building a bond with the community so that the community feels like we have an investment strategy to protect them,” Harrell said.

This is a developing story, please check back later for updates.

Contributors: Charlie Harger, KIRO Newsradio

Steve Coogan is the editor-in-chief of MyNorthwest. Read more of his stories here. Follow Steve on Xor send him an email here.