After an afternoon of being confined to their classrooms and told to stay away from windows, students at Franklin High headed home. For many, it was a disturbing day to say the least.
“My brother called me in the middle of class and said my homie got shot,” said Yasmina Bearchild.
Another student added, “It was too much. I got scared. My mom told me to go home, but we couldn't go home. We were in lockdown.”
The shooting happened around 12:20 p.m. in the 3200 block of McClintock Avenue South, just a block south of the school. Witnesses reported hearing about six rapid fire gunshots.
“It was definitely a drive-by,” said witness Vic Tampico, who lives directly between the scene and the school.
The victim’s bloody clothes sat in a heap on the corner of South Byron and McClintock. Tampico says a group of students rushed to help the man believed to be in his 20's.
“One guy on a bike, I believe he recognized him. He was visibly upset. He picked his bike up and slammed it on the pavement,” he said.
The male victim was shot in the chest and taken to Harborview Medical Center, where he was last listed in critical condition.
Seattle police originally released a description of the suspect as an Asian or Hispanic boy about 15 or 16 years old. They now say they’re unclear about a description.
The street corner shooting is the latest in what has been a bloody year of gun violence in Seattle. Neighbors like Gabriel Brooks are getting sick of it all.
“The bullets don't have any direction. They don't say, 'I'm going at so and so.' If you're in the way we're gonna take you out,’” said Brooks.