Detectives are investigating after fights broke out at a University District house party and a man was shot in the leg early Saturday morning.
Officers were initially called to the 4700 block of 20th Ave NE for a noise complaint emanating from a house at about 12:45 AM. After officers had arrived, numerous fights began to break out in and around the involved house party.
As Seattle and UW police were working to disperse the partygoers, officers heard gunshots from within the crowd. Officers located a 20-year-old man who had been shot in the leg.
The crowd at the party became increasingly unruly and aggressive with officers as they attempted to get Medics to the shooting scene for the victim. Eventually officers from other precincts as well as SWAT, Anti-Crime Team and Gang officers were needed to restore safety. Medics took the man to Harborview Medical Center for treatment of his non-life threatening gunshot wound.
As officers worked, a second series of gunfire was heard approximately a block away. 911 callers reported a drive-by shooting to police, who did not find any victims or property damage as a result of this second shooting.
After fully dispersing the crowd, gang detectives processed both shooting scene submitting spent shell casings as evidence.