Suspect In Roosevelt, First Hill Murders Fatally Shoots Himself:
The suspect in a series of fatal shootings at a north Seattle cafe and First Hill parking lot shot himself after officers confronted him on a quiet street in West Seattle Wednesday afternoon.
The man’s violent rampage began around 11am this morning, when police received reports of gunfire from Cafe Racer on NE 59th Street and Roosevelt Way NE. When officers arrived, they found five gunshot victims inside. Two men died at the scene, and medics rushed two men and one woman to Harborview in critical condition. The female victim died at the hospital several hours later.
Following the cafe shooting, SWAT, robbery and homicide detectives, crime scene investigators and patrol officers spread out across the city looking for the suspect, following up on a number of tips and 911 calls about sightings of the gunman.
It appears that about 30 minutes after the shooting at the cafe, the suspect in the cafe shooting fled to First Hill, where he fatally shot a woman in a parking lot, and stole her SUV.
The suspect then drove the SUV to West Seattle, where he ditched the vehicle, leaving a gun in the car.
After officers found the SUV near Delridge Way SW and SW Dakota Street, SPD flooded the area with uniformed and undercover officers.
Just after 4pm, a plainclothes officer spotted the suspect near 36th Avenue and SW Morgan Street, and called for backup. As uniformed officers approached the suspect, he knelt down to the ground, and shot himself. Medics rushed the man to Harborview for treatment.
Based on evidence recovered during today’s investigations, SPD believes a lone suspect is responsible the murders in Roosevelt and First Hill. Still, neighbors should expect to see a heightened police presence as detectives work to confirm links between the two tragic incidents.
Update @ 9:33 pm: The suspect responsible for today’s shootings has been pronounced dead.
A fifth victim, a man shot at Cafe Racer this morning, is also not expected to survive.
Woman shot, killed on First Hill:
On May 29th, at approximately 11:30 am, Seattle Police responded to a report of a female who had been shot and was down in the parking lot at 8th Avenue and Seneca Street. This is in the parking lot just west of Town Hall. Initial witness reports stated that a man and woman were in an argument and that the male then pulled out a handgun and shot the woman in the head. The male suspect then jumped into a black Mercedes SUV and drove away eastbound on Seneca. Officers arrived quickly and began CPR on the victim until relieved by Seattle Fire Department medics. The victim was transported to Harborview Medical Center where she was later pronounced dead. Detectives from Homicide and CSI responded to the scene and have begun their investigation.
At approximately 12:00 pm, the black Mercedes SUV was located unoccupied in the 4100 Block of Delridge Way SW. A handgun was visible inside that vehicle. Detectives are applying for a search warrant for that vehicle now. Officers are currently searching for the suspect. Unfortunately at this time we do not have a better description of the suspect other than white male. Anyone with information on this suspect is asked to immediately call 911.
There was been speculation that this shooting may have been linked to the earlier shooting on Roosevelt Way NE (information below). At this point, we just don’t know. Detectives are exploring every possibilty. Again, anyone with any information on either of these incidents is urged to contact Seattle Police. These are active and ongoing investigations, and we will update new information as it becomes available.
Two Killed, Three Critically Wounded In North Seattle Cafe Shooting:
Seattle police are searching for a gunman who shot five people, killing two of them, in a north Seattle cafe Wednesday morning.
Around 11 am, several people called 911 and reported hearing gunfire coming from Cafe Racer at NE 58th Street and Roosevelt Way NE.
Officers arrived on scene and found five people down inside the business.
Medics arrived immediately, but were unable to save two men, who died at the scene. Two additional men and one woman were rushed to Harborview in critical condition.
The suspect in the shooting is a white male, 6’1, very thin, with curly light brown hair, wearing a white and brown plaid shirt and dark pants. Police believe he is armed and dangerous.
There is currently a heavy police presence in the University District, with K9, SWAT, Homicide detectives, crime scene investigators, and patrol officers all in the area working on the case and searching for the suspect.
As a precaution, area residents should keep their doors and windows locked, and to call police if you find any indications someone has tried to break in to your home.
We will provide updated information about this case as soon as it’s available.
If you have any information about this case or the suspect, please call 911.
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