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by Seattle on June 5, 2012

The 23-year-old man was shot in the right leg about 3:30 p.m. Sunday. (Google Maps)

A 23-year-old man was rushed to Harborview Medical Center on Sunday after being wounded in a North Seattle drive-by shooting.

The man was found shortly before 3:30 p.m. at Fremont Avenue North and North 86th Street, two blocks from Greenwood Park. Police said he was shot above his right kneecap, but did not immediately have information about a suspect.

The victim wouldn’t provide officers with information about the incident, police said. Because he was uncooperative, they couldn’t say with certainty where the shooting occurred.

It was the fifth drive-by shooting Sunday in Seattle.

The city has seen an unusually violent four-day span that began Thursday when a 42-year-old father was fatally shot by an errant bullet while he was driving with his family in the Central District. On Saturday, police said an innocent bystander was shot by a gang member at Seattle Center.

Police say that more than 60 rounds were fired during four drive-by shootings between 1 a.m. and 4 a.m. Sunday in South Seattle.

Also early Sunday, a man who police say had a marijuana grow operation was shot during a home-invasion robbery in the 12300 block of 11th Avenue Northeast. The suspect from that 1:20 a.m. shooting remained on the run Sunday afternoon and police said he might be tied to another break-in about three blocks away from the shooting scene.

This four-day stretch has been the most violent in Seattle since November 2008. During the third weekend of that month, five people were shot and one man was stabbed in Seattle – part of a weekend in which 11 people were shot in five separate King County incidents. Three of those victims died, including a man shot in the head at Vito’s Madison Grill in Seattle.

Similar to that 2008 weekend, most of the recent Seattle shootings have suspected gang ties, police say. Only the suspected Seattle Center shooter has been arrested in the current string.

Seattle has seen 15 homicides this year – an especially high number for a city that for the last two years had a homicide rate comparable to the 1950s. There also have been an unusually high number of aggravated assaults, and police have been working emphasis patrols to try and curb gun violence.

The number of Seattle homicides peaked in 1994 when there were 69, according to department data.

Casey McNerthney can be reached at 206-448-8220 or at caseymcnerthney@seattlepi.com. Follow Casey on Twitter at twitter.com/mcnerthney.

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