By Jueseppi B.
The man police identified as the suspect in a May 30, 2012 shooting in a north Seattle cafe is pictured in this handout frame grab from a surveillance video camera. REUTERS/Seattle Police Department/Handout
SEATTLE (Reuters) – A gunman shot three people to death at a popular Seattle cafe on Wednesday then fled to a downtown parking lot where he killed another woman and stole her car before shooting himself in the head as police closed in, authorities said.
The man, who was not immediately identified, was being treated at Harborview Medical Centerfollowing the late-morning spree, which police initially treated as separate incidents.
The burst of gun violence prompted a security alert and lockdown at several Seattle schools and city-run community centers in north Seattle, where residents were advised to stay behind closed doors as police searched for the suspect.
Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn told a news conference that the two slayings, following a recent rash of other shootings, had shaken the city. He urged municipal leaders to “bring an end to this gun violence that the city is seeing.”
Authorities had no immediate explanation for the bloodshed, which they said began when the gunman opened fire at the Cafe Racer, an establishment in Seattle’s Ravenna neighborhood known for its live music.
Two men were killed outright, and three other people struck by gunfire were taken to Harborview, where one of them, a woman, died of her wounds.
None of the victims was immediately identified, but local television station KIRO7 reported that some of them may have been musicians.
Police said the suspect fled on foot and made his way a short time later to downtown Seattle, where he shot another woman dead and drove away with her sport utility vehicle.
Police later found an SUV matching the description of the getaway vehicle, with a handgun visible inside, in a West Seattle neighborhood.
The suspect was gone, but officers who confronted him a short time later saw him kneel down and shoot himself in the head, police said.
“The man detectives believe to be the lone suspect in 4 murders in 2 locations shot himself in the head when approached” by Seattle police, the police department said in a statement posted on Twitter.
Suspect In Seattle Shooting Rampage Dead
Harborview Medical Center spokeswoman Susan Gregg says one of two men who were wounded in the cafe shooting also died Wednesday night, bringing the number of dead victims to five.
Gregg declined to release the identity of the suspect or the victims.
One man wounded in cafe shooting remains at Harborview. He is in critical but stable condition following surgery earlier in the day.
A Washington state man says the gunman who allegedly killed five people before killing himself Wednesday was his brother.
Seattle Shooting Victim Identified as Bellevue Woman
A Bellevue woman killed during a shooting rampage was identified by multiple news sources as Gloria Koch Leonidas, a mother of two.
A Bellevue woman killed in a carjacking during a Seattle shooting rampage that took the lives of five people was identified by multiple news sources Wednesday as Gloria Koch Leonidas.
According to the Capitol Hill Seattle blog, her daughters’ Seattle school sent home a notice identifying her as a victim in the shootings, which took place in two different locations in Seattle.
Seattle police told the Seattle Times that the gunman was Ian Lee Stawicki, 40, of Seattle, who turned his gun on himself when he was confronted by police in West Seattle. He died Wednesday night.
Leonidas’ husband, Tom Leonidas, declined to talk to the Seattle Times at length about his wife, saying that the family was not ready to talk.
According to her LinkedIn account, Leonidas worked in sales for Electrical Reps West. She was also active in the community and in 2010, served on the Board of Trustees for the Evergreen Healthcare Foundation, the nonprofit fundraising organization for Evergreen Healthcare, according to the foundation’s 2010 report.
Leonidas was the sixth person shot during a shooting spree that started at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Cafe Racer in Seattle’s Ravenna neighborhood. Four of the people at Cafe Racer died of gunshot wounds during that shooting and one more was critically wounded.
Within an hour of that shooting, Leonidas was shot and killed and her Mercedes SUV taken from a parking lot at Eighth Avenue and Seneca Street near Town Hall in Seattle’s First Hill neighborhood. Witnesses told KIRO that bystanders attempted to perform CPR on her after she was shot in the head.
The gunman dumped the SUV in West Seattle and then shot himself in the head after he was spotted by an officer, Seattle police told reporters Wednesday.
Seattle police told reporters that investigators connected the two shootings by witness descriptions of an item on his person that was spotted in both locations.
Wow…good thing America does not have stupid ass gun control laws in effect huh? Wonder what crazed gunmen would use if guns were not available as easy as buying aspirin at the local drugstore?
Hey all you fucked up gun owning 2nd amendment assholes….question for you: How many innocent humans must get slaughtered by the very thing you love, before you start to rethink that second amendment bullshit?
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