SEATTLE (AP) — Police say a hostile crowd prevented emergency responders from immediately helping a man with multiple gunshot wounds Wednesday night in the parking lot of a south Seattle fast food restaurant.

Spokesman Mark Jamieson says fire department medics couldn’t reach the man for 5 to 7 minutes. He says 15 officers were called in to quell the crowd of 25 to 50 people.

Jamieson says people in the crowd were posturing, ripping off their shirts and challenging officers to fight. No one was helping the wounded man, who was eventually taken to Harborview Medical Center in critical condition.

Jamieson says there’s no known motive or suspect in the shooting. Detectives were looking for people who fled the scene when the shots were fired.

— Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.


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