LAKEWOOD, Wash. — A shooting in the Tillicum area of Lakewood left one man in critical condition Thursday while police searched for a shooter they say could be an active duty soldier from Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

Police say the shooting occurred just after 10 a.m. in the area of Grant Avenue Southwest near the base. After the report, police got a call about a man collapsed in his vehicle with gunshot wounds in the parking lot of a Popeye's Restaurant a few blocks away.

The man was taken to a nearby hospital, but he is expected to survive, Lakewood Police Lt. Chris Lawler said.

Lakewood police, along with other agencies and a SWAT team, searched for the shooter for five hours but have made no arrests. A nearby elementary school was placed on lockdown during the search.

Authorities said they are looking for a 22-year-old active-duty soldier who is a person of interest in the case.

The soldier is reportedly missing from the base, and a government van that had been checked out by him was abandoned at the shooting scene.

Police say as the suspect unsuccessfully tried to steal two cars at gunpoint. They believe he may still be armed.

A Reverse 911 message was sent to area residents informing them of the shooting and asking them to call 911 if they see the suspect or signs of break-in at their home.

The investigation is ongoing.

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