Police vehicles surround the scene of a shooting in Tukwila’s Allentown neighborhood on Monday afternoon. Heidi Sanders/Tukwila Reporter

Tukwila man seriously injured in shooting on Monday

A Tukwila man received life threatening injuries in a shooting in the city's Allentown neighborhood on Monday.

A Tukwila man received life threatening injuries in a shooting in the city’s Allentown neighborhood on Monday.

At about 11:20 a.m., the man was shot inside a residence in the 12200 block of 44th Avenue South.

“He staggered out to the street where he collapsed,” Tukwila Police Department spokesman Sgt. Mike Murphy said during a media briefing near the scene. “He was found by a friend who called 911.”

The man was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

Valley SWAT was called in to gain entry into the residence.

“It is occupied,” Murphy said. “They are not coming out and we don’t know why, so we are going to send a SWAT team in to make sure everything is OK.”

Witnesses reported seeing two men running away from the scene.

“We think they are gone,” Murphy said. “We don’t know if they are witnesses or suspects.”

Murphy said he did not believe the public was in danger.

“We have evacuated around the immediate area,” he said. “We believe this was a targeted shooting. We don’t think this was random.”

A command center was set up in the parking lot of the Tukwila Community Center, several blocks south of where the shooting occurred.

Valley SWAT is a regional tactical team, made up of six officers and one commander from the cities of Auburn, Federal Way, Kent, Renton, Tukwila and the Port of Seattle.


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