Suspect in cafe killings shoots self, Seattle police say
A suspect in the deadly shootings in Seattle this afternoon was caught on camera.
May 30th, 2012
03:35 PM ET

Suspect in cafe killings shoots self, Seattle police say

[Updated at 7:47 p.m. ET] Seattle police say the same suspect was behind both of the fatal shootings Wednesday that left a total of four people dead and two critically wounded. The suspect shot himself as police closed in.

[Updated at 7:25 p.m. ET] A man believed to be the gunman in the killings at a Seattle cafe shot himself as police moved in on him Wednesday afternoon, police said. His condition was not immediately known.

[Updated at 6:22 p.m. ET] A fourth fatality has been reported in a shooting at a Seattle cafe and an apparent carjacking that already left two men and a woman dead, and three others seriously wounded, police reported Wednesday.

Two men were killed at a coffeehouse in the city's University District, while a woman died in the carjacking, Seattle police said. Three more people - another two men and a woman - were wounded at the coffeehouse. One victim in the cafe shooting has life threatening injuries, and two others are seriously wounded, according to police.

 Investigators were looking for any connections between the two incidents, which happened about four miles and a few minutes apart, police spokesmen said.

"We're definitely in a dynamic situation right now," Deputy Police Chief Nick Metz told reporters.

Police found the black Mercedes SUV involved in the apparent carjacking abandoned. Video from the scene showed a handgun on the driver's seat of the vehicle. A K-9 is being used to track the suspect. Police officers have brought the dog to inspect the vehicle a few times during the search.

The suspect is described as a white male, between 30 and 40 years old, with a medium build, brown hair and a goatee or beard, police said. He fled on foot following the shooting at the cafe, police said.

"Whether he is armed at this time, we don't know," Metz said. But he added, "We're assuming he's very dangerous."

Metz warned residents in the area not to open their doors if anyone came by who they did not know. He also urged residents to make sure all their doors were locked.

CNN affiliate KIRO reported multiple ambulances, police officers and fire trucks were at the scene.

For more information on the shooting check CNN's local affiliates in Seattle: KOMO, KCPQ, and KIRO.

soundoff (218 Responses)
  1. gingersrule1

    I hope it wasn't someone I know. I don't like murderers. Self defense is one thing but murder is disgusting. If you know someone is a murderer what do you do? Ignore it and just consider it a negative aspect of their personality? Our sheepish approach to some things is absurdity. Freedom is important but so is a system that is diligently seeking justice. This guy doesn't deserve a trial. He deserves a bullet and he's hardly worth that.

    May 30, 2012 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • be quiet

      you don't like murderers? did you really need to state that?

      May 30, 2012 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • DOH!

      You win the dumbest post of the century award.

      May 30, 2012 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  2. tammy

    why do you turds make a joke out of something so sad and awful

    May 30, 2012 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • be quiet

      watch your mouth, Tammy

      May 30, 2012 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Evan

    Seattlelites are burning right now because the shooter was white and not black, I guess the minority roundup and encampment isnt happening any sooner

    May 30, 2012 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Seattlelite

      What are you talking about? I am a Seattlelite and a minority. We are all scared and shocked by what is happening here. There have been a number of shootings in the past seven days and not all were by one race. Do your research and shut the hell up.

      May 30, 2012 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lars Babaganoosh

      Evan – you been to Seattle lately? White folks are the minority.

      May 30, 2012 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Elembee

      What are you talking about? Do you think we're a bunch of racists here in Seattle? This is a HUMAN issue. Not a race issue. Focusing on the race thing detracts from what's happening.

      May 30, 2012 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  4. 2/8

    Wow, another shooting in the U.S., what a surprise.

    May 30, 2012 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Juju

      Good thing guns are legal here and easy to get. GO NRA!

      May 30, 2012 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Wil

    There have been 2 shootings in Seattle today. This one at the Cafe Racer on Roosevelt, and the SUV carjacking was a separate incident on 8th and Seneca. They don't appear to be related but the article makes it sound like they are.

    May 30, 2012 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Elembee

      Actually, Will. I happened to know they are related. It's a shooter who is driving around shooting people at random.

      May 30, 2012 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  6. noleman1

    Must not have gotten his coffee order correct.

    May 30, 2012 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Evan

    Unlike shootings done by minorities, I have a feeling there was no motive to this shooting, it was probably random. The person responsible just wanted to murder people, white folks are off that.

    May 30, 2012 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  8. larry5

    Pushing these stories into the national spotlight is something new and might just be background work for gun control legislation. Our AG Eric Holder said the subject needed to be pushed and pushed hard so that citizens become "brain washed" into believing that no ordinary citizen should have a gun, only the police, the military and criminals.

    May 30, 2012 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tex71

      The US Attorney General said that criminals should have guns? That seems strange seeing as how US law prohibits felons from owning guns. Maybe you should be more careful to stick to facts before you start to rant.

      May 30, 2012 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Elembee

      We've had 18 shooting deaths so far this year in Seattle. So, you think everyone should have a gun? One nut job shot at someone for saying something he didn't like, another one got hit in the head with a skateboard and decided to shoot. Do you think that' justifies shooting? Have you looked to other "developed" nations whose citizens don't have guns and how infrequently they have random shooting deaths? We have become numb to senseless shootings in our country. Contrary to popular belief we are not a war zone.

      May 30, 2012 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Panget

      Or the people he sent them to in Mexico during Fast and Furious

      May 30, 2012 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  9. flyboy7588

    See guys, ban guns and only criminals will have guns. Had someone in the shop been carrying, that guy would not have made it out the door. But for some reason, Libs don't get it.

    May 30, 2012 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  10. denroy

    See if everyone in that cafe had been packing that sucker would be dead now

    May 30, 2012 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • steven harnack

      Along with any number of bystanders. The average shooter is no Annie Oakley.

      May 30, 2012 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Steverino

    And people DARE try to talk about Stand Your Ground laws?!? The world is going down the toilet. Glad I live in a state where if these wackos come near me, they're getting put down.

    May 30, 2012 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • zebrakid

      If the US had ANY gun control laws, you wouldnt need Stand your ground......

      May 30, 2012 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stand Your Ground!

      Even if you were to make guns illegal it doesn't mean shootings won't happen. People planning to break the law already aren't going to care if they break the law more. It's like stealing a car and then being concerned about getting a speeding ticket. Not going to happen. Sorry, but if someone threatens my family, I'm not going to stop my husband from taking them out, or for doing it myself. Do I want to? No, but if it's them or us, it's them.

      May 30, 2012 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  12. 900rr

    I'm not a racist ... but are they black? just curious ...
    if not my apologies

    May 30, 2012 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • denroy

      its a good guess

      May 30, 2012 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Elembee

      Actually, this incident has a WHITE shooter, there was another which had a WHITE shooter too. This is not just a RACE issue. And, even if it were it's EVERYONEs issue. We all bleed red.

      May 30, 2012 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • and?

      It says right in the story white you idiots

      May 30, 2012 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • steven harnack

      If not my apologies, but you're not a racist, and the sun doesn't rise in the east.

      May 30, 2012 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Patriot822

      higly probable

      May 30, 2012 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Elembee

    Wow, so my post got deleted. I'm from Seattle and have a friend who lives just two blocks from the shooting and is scared to leave her house. We've had 18 deaths from bullets this year. The shootings are random here. There's (some) that are gang-related, but there are many that happen because someone makes a disparaging comment (happened in Shoreline, WA where a girl was shot and killed) or a guy decided to spray bullets at a friend who hit him with a skateboard. Really? This is not normal. We need to revisit our Second Ammendment like NOW.

    May 30, 2012 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • scranton

      Yes, because I am sure they would of preferred to be hacked to death with an axe.

      May 30, 2012 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • JohnQPublic

      Revisit the 2nd Amendment and do what? Legislate away our GOD GIVEN RIGHTS TO SELF DEFENSE? Are you stupid or something? There is nothing to revisit. Every single one of us have the inherent right to defend ourselves. You nor anyone like you will EVER take that away. You can try, but you will never succeed. "People willing to trade their freedom for temporary security deserve neither and will lose both."

      May 30, 2012 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Alexandra

    I hope one day they will catch that killer and I hope that person gets at leats 100 years in jail and he should go to hell for what he did and ending 3 lives and he disseve for what I said and if he is reading this I hope your happy

    May 30, 2012 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • and?

      I wonder what disserve means??

      May 30, 2012 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Are all Alexandras stupid?

      You sound like an idiot.

      Every Alexandra I know is an idiot, apparently the rule applies to you as well.

      May 30, 2012 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Lars Babaganoosh

    Don't forget, white = mexican these days.

    May 30, 2012 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
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