Searching for a suspect

Police search the area of a reported shooting this afternoon near an apartment complex behind the Three Rivers Inn in Sedro-Woolley. Police have confirmed that one person is dead, and another was injured and taken to Skagit Valley Hospital in Mount Vernon.

SEDRO-WOOLLEY — One person is dead and another is in the emergency room at Skagit Valley Hospital after a gang-related shooting in Sedro-Woolley earlier this evening.

Two persons of interest are in custody on an investigative hold after refusing to cooperate with the investigation. Police believe the shooter left the scene in a vehicle.

Police were called to shots fired at an apartment complex in the 300 block of Ball Street about 6 p.m. and found a 22-year-old man dead on a landing, Sedro-Woolley Police Lt. Lin Tucker said.

Another man, 25, who was shot reportedly ran down the street and flagged down a car containing people he knew. He was driven to the Rite Aid at Highway 20 and Township Street, where aid picked him up and took him to the hospital.

The man sustained a single gunshot wound and was admitted in critical condition, Tucker said.

A nursing supervisor at Skagit Valley Hospital declined to provide updated information.

Police have no suspect information to distribute, but they cordoned off the apartment complex area and deployed a K-9 search with the help of the Mount Vernon Police Department.

Family members of the victims confirmed that the two shooting victims were active gang members, Tucker said.

Skagit Valley Hospital, where one of the victims was taken, was placed on lockdown due to security concerns stemming from the shooting, as well as from a Mount Vernon drug arrest and another patient causing problems, Mount Vernon Police Lt. Chris Cammock said.

The public have one entrance into the building and one exit out in the emergency room, a hospital staffer said.

Mount Vernon police served as support for Sedro-Woolley as the shooting victim was taken to the hospital, accompanied by his family.

“They were all very upset,” Cammock said.

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