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Seattle Police say a brawl involving 20-30 people early this morning outside an area hookah bar left one man suffering from a gunshot wound, and

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Brawl at Seattle Hookah Bar Leads to 20 Shots Fired, One Victim Taken to Hospital, and Lots of Mum Witnesses

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Seattle Police say a brawl involving 20-30 people early this morning outside an area hookah bar left one man suffering from a gunshot wound, and a number of witnesses apparently unwilling to help police track down the gunman.

As Seattle Police Detective Renee Witt describes on the SPD Blotter blog, this morning at around 4 a.m. "two adult men got into a verbal altercation outside a Hookah Bar at 12th and Main. The altercation escalated and one man was shot."

After the shootout, police recovered 20 shell casings from the scene, and also apparently encountered difficulty getting witnesses to the melee to cooperate with their investigation.

"According to Security, the two men may have been shooting at each other - those details are still sketchy and no one at the scene would provide officers with information," writes Witt.

Police say a friend of the victim drove him to Sweedish Hospital following the shooting, and that he was later transferred to Harborview with gunshot wounds to his abdomen and ass. The Seattle PI reports the victim is in surgery and his exact condition is unknown.

Meanwhile, Seattle Police say the shooter remains on the loose.

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