Two men suffered serious but not life-threatening gunshot wounds in a gun battle outside the Red Lion Hotel early Saturday morning in which more than two dozen rounds were fired, according to the Renton Police Department.
Bullets damaged at least three hotel windows and cars in the parking lot but no other victims were found in the shooting at about 12:35 a.m. at the hotel on South Grady Way and Rainier Avenue.
A large crowd had gathered outside the hotel who were attending the First Annual All White Extravaganza, a dance party, inside. According to police, despite the number of people at the scene, no one could describe the shooters nor offer any information about what led to the shooting.
The two victims were taken to Harborview Medical Center for treatment.
A 22-year-old Renton man was found in the hotel parking lot, and an 18-year-old Des Moines man was found outside a nearby gas station. Police officers used a tourniquet the stem one victim’s blood loss.
Because the crime scene covered such a large area, Renton officers called for assistance from nearby police agencies, Kent, Tukwila, Auburn and the King County Sheriff’s Office. They helped stabilize the scene and preserve evidence, according to Renton Police.
As of early this week, detectives didn’t have anything new to report. They are soliciting tips as part of the investigation. Anyone who has information about this incident (Renton Police case 16-6832) is asked to contact Detective Chris Edwards at 425-430-7500.