Police escort a man out of an apartment building at the corner of Rucker and Everett avenues after a shooting in the area Thursday afternoon. (Sue Misao / The Herald)

Police escort a man out of an apartment building at the corner of Rucker and Everett avenues after a shooting in the area Thursday afternoon. (Sue Misao / The Herald)

1 killed, 1 wounded in downtown Everett shooting; no arrests

Police swarmed the area after gunfire erupted near the Everett Public Library at around 2:40 p.m.

EVERETT — One man was killed and a second man was injured in a shooting Thursday afternoon in downtown Everett.

The shooter, or shooters, had not been taken into custody hours later, according to police.

Gunfire was reported around 2:40 p.m. at Rucker and Everett avenues, near the Everett Public Library.

As police swarmed the neighborhood, two injured men were dropped off a couple of miles north at Providence Regional Medical Center Everett.

Both had suffered gunshot wounds. One of the wounded men later died, police said around 7:30 p.m. The second man’s injuries were not considered life threatening.

Near the hospital, Everett Community College announced it went into lockdown — out of an abundance of caution, Everett officer Aaron Snell said.

“Not a drill,” a tweet from the school said. “Lock doors. Seek shelter. Avoid being seen or heard.”

Meanwhile, police started a search north from the shooting scene, the direction in which possible suspects were last seen running. Authorities were also looking for vehicles involved in the incident.

Police investigate a shooting at the corner of Rucker and Everett avenues Thursday afternoon. (Sue Misao / The Herald)

Police investigate a shooting at the corner of Rucker and Everett avenues Thursday afternoon. (Sue Misao / The Herald)

Police escorted one man in handcuffs out of an apartment building at the corner of Rucker and Everett, and at least two people were detained for interviews. However, Everett police had not booked anyone into jail as of Thursday night.

“At this point in time, we do not have anybody under arrest,” Snell said at 8 p.m.

The Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office will determine the official cause and manner of death.

Police believe the people involved in the shooting knew each other.

Detectives were continuing to build a timeline of events, and they hoped to speak with witnesses.

Anyone with tips can call Everett police at 425-257-8450.

Caleb Hutton: 425-339-3454; chutton@heraldnet.com. Twitter: @snocaleb.

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