Two dead, 3 wounded in northeast Seattle shooting, suspect at large

Two dead, 3 wounded in northeast Seattle shooting, suspect at large

Credit: KING

Five people were shot at Cafe Racer in Seattle, May 30, 2012.

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by KING 5 News

WVEC.com

Posted on May 30, 2012 at 3:42 PM

SEATTLE – Police are searching for a gunman who ran away from the scene of a shooting that left two people dead and three more seriously wounded Wednesday morning.

It 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. Two more men and a woman were taken to Harborview Medical Center in critical condition. CPR was being performed on one of them as they arrived at the hospital.

The shooter was seen running away from the scene northbound, armed with a gun. The suspect is described as a white male, 30 to 40-years-old. He is 6 feet 1 inch tall, very thin with curly, light brown hair. He was wearing a white and brown plaid shirt, a long sleeve shirt and dark pants.

Roosevelt High School has been placed in lockdown. Eckstein Middle School and Greenlake Elementary are in a modified lockdown called "shelter in place."

Greenlake Community Center and Ravenna/Eckstein Community Center were also in lockdown.

The public is advised to stay away from the area.

KING 5's Gary Chittim, reporting from Roosevelt High School, said police were directing traffic and some were patrolling the area with their weapons drawn. They were also stopping anyone who looked even remotely like the suspect. The school is about four blocks from the shooting scene.

A law enforcement source told The Seattle Times the shooting could be a domestic violence situation.

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.

At about the same time as this incident, police were also searching for a shooting suspect involved in a carjacking in downtown Seattle. The woman who was shot died minutes later. The vehicle was recovered in West Seattle.

Last week a man was fatally shot by a stray bullet while he and his family drove down a Seattle street. Justin Ferrari, 43, was killed when a stranger started shooting Thursday afternoon in Seattle's Central Area. Seattle police say the gunman's intended target was another person involved in a dispute with the gunman.

Story compiled by KING 5's Travis Pittman, including information from Associated Press

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