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Gunfire exchanged outside downtown Safeway Monday

No one, including innocent bystanders, was injured when a running gun battle between two men broke out Tuesday evening in the Safeway parking lot on South Third Street.

The gunfire was exchanged at about 7:30 p.m. between two men who appeared to be in their late teens.

One of the men approached the parking lot from South Third Street. When he reached the second man standing near the rear of a car, he pointed a semi-automatic handgun at him, according to police reports.

The two engaged in a heated argument. The man with the handgun fired approximately twice but the second man apparently wasn't injured and ran toward the store. He fired his own gun three times at the pursuing suspect.

Exchanging gunfire, they ran toward South Third Street, according to police reports.

The first man was picked up by a grey or silver sedan that was waiting behind Safeway. The second man ran toward the Renton Transit Center.

A search failed to find either man.

The first suspect is described as a black male, 17 to 19 years old, 5-foot-7 to 5-foot-8, slim build, black hair with dreadlocks tied in a pony tail. He was wearing a black hoodie, jeans and was carrying a backpack.

The second suspect is described as a black male, 17 to 19 years old, 5-foot-9, slim and short black hair with a "faded" haircut. He was wearing a red baseball hat, white tank top and jeans.

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call the Renton Police Department at 425-430-7500 and reference case number 14-8562.

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