2 men shot in parking lot of Seattle restaurant

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SEATTLE (AP) -- Seattle police say two men shot and wounded Tuesday night in the parking lot of a Mexican restaurant in south Seattle suffered life-threatening injuries.

Police spokesman Mark Jamieson says officers are unsure how many shooters were involved or whether the gunfire in the Rainier Beach neighborhood was gang-related.

The wounded men were taken to Harborview Medical Center.

Deputy Police Chief Nick Metz spoke to reporters after Jamieson's briefing, saying he wanted to get the word out about what he called a "huge increase" in shootings since Jan. 1.

The Seattle Times reports that Mayor Mike McGinn addressed the spike in his State of the City address earlier Tuesday.

Metz calls the increase in shootings an "emergency," but says he doesn't know the cause.

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Information from: The Seattle Times, http://www.seattletimes.com