May 31, 2012 No Comments ›› Pat Dollard
(CBS/AP) SEATTLE - A gunman killed five people in Seattle on Wednesday – four at a cafe and another in a carjacking – before he apparently shot himself as officers closed in following a citywide manhunt, authorities said.
Both the suspect and one of his victims died after the incident at a local hospital. One man wounded in cafe shooting remains in the hospital. He is in critical but stable condition following surgery earlier in the day.
Police searching for the suspect in the first shooting near the University of Washington also had to respond to another fatal incident near the city’s downtown. They say a man killed a woman in an apparent carjacking and fled in a black SUV. Authorities said late Wednesday they believe one man was responsible for both attacks.
“At this time, we feel pretty confident that we have the suspect,” said Assistant Seattle Police Chief Nick Metz.
Officers found a black Mercedes SUV believed to be involved in the incident. CBS affiliate KIRO’s Chopper 7 could see a black handgun sitting on the driver’s seat.
The latest spasm of deadly gun violence to hit the city worried Seattle’s leaders and prompted police to consider increasing patrols in high-crime areas. The five deaths bring the number of homicides so far this year to 21, compared with 21 in all of last year.
Gunfire erupted late Wednesday morning at Cafe Racer, a restaurant and music venue north of the University of Washington. The gunman was described as a man in his 30s wearing dark clothes.