3 teenagers arrested in fatal shooting at Seattle homeless camp

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Two Killed in Shooting at Seattle Homeless Camp


Feb 1 (Reuters) - Three teenagers were arrested on Monday in connection with a shooting at a Seattle homeless encampment where two people were killed and three wounded, police said.

The teenage boys, aged 13, 16 and 17, were taken into custody at a different homeless encampment and a gun was recovered, Seattle police said.

It was unclear if the teenagers were homeless.

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FILE - In this Jan. 27, 2016, file photo, bicycles remain stacked against a support post for Interstate 5 above as crime scene tape surrounds the site of a shooting the night before at a homeless encampment, in Seattle. Police arrested multiple teenage boys Monday, Feb. 1, 2016, in connection with a shooting at a Seattle homeless encampment that left two people dead and others wounded. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)
A bus and other traffic pass by on Interstate 5 above the site of a shooting the night before at a homeless encampment, Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016, in Seattle. A homeless man and woman were killed and three other people were wounded when a shooting erupted at the homeless encampment known as 'The Jungle,' authorities said. The victims lived at the encampment where the attack occurred Tuesday evening and investigators "have reason to believe it was very targeted," Assistant Seattle Police Chief Bob Merner said. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
A single candle burns in view of an industrial area and woods behind that hide the site of a shooting the night before at a homeless encampment, Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016, in Seattle. A homeless man and woman were killed and three other people were wounded when a shooting erupted at the homeless encampment known as 'The Jungle,' authorities said. The victims lived at the encampment where the attack occurred Tuesday evening and investigators "have reason to believe it was very targeted," Assistant Seattle Police Chief Bob Merner said. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Tents are barely visible in the deep shadows under Interstate 5 at the site of a shooting the night before at a homeless encampment, Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016, in Seattle. A homeless man and woman were killed and three other people were wounded when a shooting erupted at the homeless encampment known as 'The Jungle,' authorities said. The victims lived at the encampment where the attack occurred Tuesday evening and investigators "have reason to believe it was very targeted," Assistant Seattle Police Chief Bob Merner said. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
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They will be booked into a jail for minors and were facing possible murder charges stemming from the Jan. 26 shootings at a large homeless camp south of downtown Seattle, a police statement said. The notorious camp is known in Seattle as "the Jungle."

The victims suffered multiple gunshot wounds to the chest, abdomen and back, authorities said.

Police said after the incident they believed the victims were targeted over drugs and that two firearms were involved.

Seattle, like other West Coast cities including Portland and Los Angeles, has been struggling with a ballooning homeless problem and growing illegal encampments across the city.

Mayor Ed Murray has described conditions at the Jungle as "unmanageable and out of control for almost two decades." (Reporting by Victoria Cavaliere in Los Angeles; Editing by Paul Tait)

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