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SEATTLE -- A woman who limped into a downtown Seattle coffee shop said she'd been shot in the leg -- a statement that brought police cars and fire trucks rushing to the scene.

Traffic was shut down on a nearby street Tuesday afternoon as police searched for a shooter, although no one in the coffee shop had heard a shot.

As Seattle police later reported on their website, that's because there was no gunshot. As medics treated the woman, police determined that she had been carrying a kitchen knife in her purse. Although sheathed, the knife had managed to puncture both the purse and the woman's leg.

As the Seattle police blotter noted: Sometimes Crimes Solve Themselves.

The woman was taken to a Seattle hospital for treatment.

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