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Olympia police investigate shooting in wooded area off Pacific Ave.

Olympia police are searching for a person of interest in connection with a shooting near Pacific Avenue Southeast.

About 11 p.m. Thursday, multiple 911 callers reported hearing an argument and then gunshots in the wooded area between Pacific Avenue and Martin Way East, home to several homeless camps.

A 46-year-old man who was shot in the abdomen was taken to nearby Providence St. Peter Hospital and was in critical condition Friday, said Lt. Paul Lower.

Police from Lacey and Tumwater and Thurston County Sheriff’s deputies helped to search the wooded area. Lower said some witnesses reported hearing multiple gunshots but no other victims were located.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call Olympia police at 360-753-8300.

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