Two people shot at Rainier Beach Safeway gas station

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by KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on January 26, 2012 at 6:25 PM

Updated Thursday, Jan 26 at 11:55 PM

SEATTLE -- A teenager and another person were shot at a Safeway gas station in Seattle's Rainier Beach neighborhood Thursday evening.

A person of interest was taken into custody by Seattle Police a short time later.

A 15-year-old male teen and another victim were shot around 5:00 p.m. at 9662 Rainier Avenue South. The teen was shot in the arm and torso, and his injuries are considered serious. The other victim's condition is not known. The victims were taken to Harborview Medical Center.

Seattle Police's Gang Unit is investigating. After a short search, a person of interest was taken into custody before 6:00 p.m. Officially, SPD says the suspects are still on the loose.

Curtis Taylor says one of his sons was inside the gas station at the time of the shooting. Taylor, a father of three, says it was just the latest scare for his family. The South Seattle resident says his teenage son was shot near the same intersection almost two years ago. He blames the accessibility of weapons for the recent string of shootings in the area. 

“The person who shot the 15-year-old child here tonight, where did he get the gun from. That is the question,” says Taylor.

Lt. John Hayes, with Seattle Police, downplayed any connection between this shooting, and another double shooting just a block away on January 3.  That incident, at a nearby Subway restaurant, left a man and woman badly wounded.

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