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Five people were shot in downtown Seattle near an anti-Trump protest

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Two men are in critical condition after a gunman opened fire and in a crowded downtown Seattle area Wednesday night, shooting five people just outside a 7-Eleven store.  The shooter was still at large Thursday morning.

The shooting took place near a protest march where thousands lined the streets to voice opposition to Donald Trump's surprise victory in Tuesday's national election.

The three other victims are in serious condition, Seattle police said. All five were rushed to a local hospital.

'I told everybody to just get down'


The store manager working at the time of the shooting says she heard a string of shots ring out at about 6: 45 p.m.

"I told everybody to just get down," Sharon Keith said. "I looked out and there were multiple people down and bleeding."

The shooting does not appear to be related to the nearby protest march, but foot traffic from the protests most likely made the area busier, police said.

Shooting started with an argument

Police believe the shooting occurred after a heated argument between a group of people. 

Following the argument, witnesses said the shooting suspect walked away and fired into the crowd, possibly hitting innocent bystanders waiting at a nearby bus stop.

Police were on scene within a minute. The shooter fled on foot and is still at large. Police haven't released the names of the victims or the shooter.

Scene of the shooting

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