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Seattle Police Asst. Chief Nick Metz said detectives were very confident that this suspect is the same as the one who committed the crimes at both locations.
“We feel very confident that we have the suspect in both incidents,” he said.
As a precaution, however, Seattle police will continue to search the West Seattle neighborhood just in case there is, in fact, another suspect.
The man was being sought for a shooting that happened about 11 a.m. at Café Racer in the 5800 block of Roosevelt Way NE, just north of the University District.
Police say two male victims were killed at the scene. Two more men and a woman were taken to Harborview Medical Center in critical condition. The woman died at the hospital.
The shooter was seen running away from the scene northbound, armed with a gun. The suspect was described as white, approximately 30-years-old with well-groomed dark hair and a full beard. He was wearing a light blue jacket and short, dark cap. Seattle police released these surveillance images.
Roosevelt High School, Eckstein Middle School and Green Lake Elementary School were placed in either modified or full lockdown, but school was dismissed on time. Greenlake Community Center and Ravenna/Eckstein Community Center were also temporarily in lockdown.
The public was advised to stay out of the area. Residents were told to stay inside and lock their doors and windows. Police continue to search homes in the area.
Evan Hill, who lives above the building were the cafe shooting happened, said the cafe was an artists’ collective and performance space.
“It’s the strangest place to think of a shooting,” Hill said.
The First Hill shooting happened around 11:30 a.m. in a Diamond parking lot near 8th and Seneca streets. Police say according to initial witness reports, a man and a woman were arguing when the man pulled out a handgun and shot the woman in the head. The suspect jumped into a black Mercedes SUV and fled the scene.
“I heard a gunshot, I looked in the vincinty. The woman was already down,” said Thom Merklin, a chauffer across the street who rushed to the woman’s aid. He found her lying on the ground with multiple gunshot wounds in her back.
Officers arrived quickly and began CPR on the victim until medics arrived and transported her to Harborview Medical Center. She was later pronounced dead.
“We don’t know the connection between the man and the woman, but we’re working on it,” said Mike Sanford, Seattle Assistant Police Chief.
Within a half hour, police found the black Mercedes SUV, abandoned and with a handgun on the passenger seat, in West Seattle in the 4100 block of Delridge Way SW. Police set up a containment area and scoured the Delridge neighborhood for hours for the suspect.
Police spent the afternoon shutting down streets and searching various West Seattle locations for a suspect in the downtown shootings.
At about 4 p.m. officers moved in on a location at 37th and Raymond. When we got there, a man was on the ground with a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Police say he matched the description of the suspect in the Roosevelt shooting.
This is just the latest in a very deadly week – as gun violence escalates in Seattle.
It began last Thursday with the shooting death of an innocent father.
Someone fired a shot and it struck Justin Ferrari as he drove his family in the Central District. The killer has not been found.
On Saturday evening a shooting at the Folklife Festival left another innocent man with a gunshot wound.
In the early hours of Sunday police responded to four drive-by shootings in South Seattle where more than 60 shots were fired. No was seriously hurt or killed.
And later that same morning in north Seattle, a robber with a gun broke into a home with a marijuana grow operation. He shot and killed a man inside
At a press conference Wednesday afternoon, Mayor Mike McGinn said it’s a priority to identify the strategies that are needed to employ to try to bring an end to the wave of gun violence that the city is seeing.
“It’s going to take our political leaders coming together to give our police officers the support and the tools they need to do their job, and I’m committed to doing that,” said McGinn. “And we will be working with our police to give them the tools they need to focus on violent offenders with access to guns.”
“It’s also going to take a focus on the laws that make it too easy for people to acquire guns and it’s also going to take full partnership with the community to end the culture of violence where young men believe it’s OK to attempt to resolve disputes through violence, including guns.”