UPDATE, 8 a.m. Wednesday: A suspect has been arrested. An Everett man, 27, was booked into the Snohomish County Jail late Tuesday for investigation of first-degree murder and two counts of first-degree assault. Edmonds police confirmed Wednesday morning that one of the women, a resident of Mountlake Terrace, had died.
EDMONDS — Two women and one man were shot Tuesday afternoon at a Korean market in Edmonds, in what police believe was a targeted attack.
Officers responded to the gunfire around 3:30 p.m., Edmonds police Sgt. Josh McClure said. The 911 dispatcher could hear shots still being fired. One of the women was struck in the face. She later told hospital staff the shooter was her estranged husband, police said.
The gunman remained at large Tuesday evening. The suspect was described as a short Asian man in his 20s, wearing black clothing with a black hat, last seen fleeing south of the Boo Han Market in the 22600 block of Highway 99, according to police. He’s believed to be armed and dangerous.
Tips should be directed to 911.
The other wounded woman was shot in the arm. The injured man was hit in his legs.
Police believe all four people knew each other in some way.
The first Edmonds officers to reach the scene were a field training officer, his student officer-in-training and two officers who had been working solo patrol for less than 30 days, McClure said. They found the three victims in and around the business’ entrance, and immediately began treating their injuries until paramedics arrived.
The women were taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. The man was transported to Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett.
All three of the wounded were in surgery Tuesday evening. No other information was released about their conditions.
“It was pretty chaotic when officers got here,” McClure said. “They were primarily worried about the victims here at the scene. Then they turned to their attention to anybody who saw anything.”
Many customers in the market’s plaza mainly speak Korean, so it may take extra time to conduct interviews.
McClure said surveillance footage showed the suspect getting into a car and leaving.
Meanwhile, traffic was detoured on Highway 99 and surrounding streets. Multiple police dogs searched the area. McClure said police agencies from all around King and Snohomish counties were assisting in the investigaiton.