A 23-year-old woman is dead and detectives are working leads in a shooting incident that occurred overnight in the White Center area of King County.

At about 12:20 a.m., King County Sheriff’s Office deputies were called to the area of Southwest Roxbury Street and 15th Avenue Southwest by a passing witness for a fight disturbance. When deputies arrived they met with a small group of females, including the now deceased victim of the shooting. Deputies were told that the disturbance was minor and that the other group, which consisted of three males, had left the area. The group of women declined to speak further about the incident.

Deputies stayed in the general area and began to walk on foot to increase their visibility and to try to prevent further violence from erupting. Just before 1 a.m. these deputies heard several gun shots coming from the area of the original disturbance. When the returned they found the victim laying in the middle of 5th Avenue Southwest with at least one gunshot wound. Witnesses said that at least two of the original three men had returned and one then fired on the victim. The suspects then fled the scene on foot.

At this point, no suspects are in custody and no weapon has been recovered.

Detectives from the major crimes unit are investigating. We have not been able to rule out if this was gang-related or not. Detectives from the sheriff’s office gang unit will be assisting, as needed.

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