Donald Trump protest Seatlle
Police
watch as people gather in protest to the election of Republican
Donald Trump as the president of the United States in Seattle,
Washington, U.S. November 9, 2016.

REUTERS/Jason Redmond

(Reuters) – A gunman opened fire in downtown Seattle on Wednesday
evening following an argument and wounded five people, one man
critically, not far from protests against the surprise victory of
Republican Donald Trump in the U.S. presidential election.

The shooting did not appear to be
connected to the anti-Trump demonstrations but instead stemmed
from a personal argument, said Robert Merner, assistant chief of
the Seattle Police Department. 

“It appears that some type of argument took place. This
individual began to walk away from the crowd, then turned and
fired into the crowd,” Merner told reporters. 

He said the suspect then fled from the area on foot and remained
at large more than an hour later.

The most seriously injured victim, a man, was rushed to nearby
Harborview Medical Center, where he was listed in critical
condition on Wednesday night. 

The other four victims, identified only as one woman and three
men, all sustained non-life threatening wounds to their legs,
police said. 

Police and fire crews were on the scene in less than a minute
because they had been in the area to monitor the demonstrations,
he said, but did not arrive in time to engage the suspect.

Thousands of people rallied in cities across the United States on
Wednesday to protest against Trump’s win, blasting his
controversial campaign rhetoric against immigrants, Muslims and
other groups.

In Seattle, hundreds of protesters marched through the downtown
streets.

Following the shooting, police closed down the
intersection of Third Avenue and Pine streets, where
the shooting took place in front of a
convenience store and a bus stop. 

The Seattle Times newspaper reported that witnesses heard several
gunshots.

(Editing by Paul Tait and Michael Perry)

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