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. Jerry Pelletier

    Wow! Really...Really, that's big news CNN........

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

      Yup, just fodder for the peanut gallery. Perspective: 115 people die every day in car accidents.

      May 30, 2012 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Landon P.

      Yeah, it is you idiot if you live in North Seattle and are about to walk out the door.

      May 30, 2012 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  2. yup!

    Know your enemies and carry your gun with you at ALL times!

    May 30, 2012 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Eazzy

      You must be really dumb or a gop to think carrying a gun will always save you.

      May 30, 2012 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • tdog

      that is probably what they shooter was thinking when he found his 'enemy'

      May 30, 2012 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Callmeishmael

    It's unfortunate for all of the bigots on these these threads that the shooter turned out to be white.

    May 30, 2012 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Norm

      Didn't you know? Bigotry goes both ways. I've seen both sides on here.

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

      Can we be prejudiced against people with goatees?

      May 30, 2012 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  4. gordotaco

    URGENT: the shooter looked just like Oblame-a's son

    May 30, 2012 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • berie

      the shooter was white gordotaco. sorry to dissappoint you

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

      and ..... another idiot!

      May 30, 2012 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • GordoTaco's Mother/Wife

      URGENT: GordoTaco is a tea bagger and an inbred (redundant, I know)

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

      Wow, now don't you look like a total moron...!

      May 30, 2012 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Shammalammadingdong

    "Roosevelt way shooter was seen running away from the scene northbound," the police department's Twitter feed said. "He was armed with a gun." The shooter was armed with a gun? Talk about stating the obvious...

    May 30, 2012 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Josh

      It means he didn't drop the gun at the scene or dispose of it nearby, because people do that. It alerts people that the shooter is still armed.

      May 30, 2012 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  6. ME

    wow... cnn doesn't know about little rock , ar. this is a daily tevent here...

    May 30, 2012 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  7. akd4dan

    This is practically on my wife's bike route, a mile or so north of UW, near a nice park in what I regard as a nice part of town. For what it is worth to those out there into race, this area is about as lily white as Seattle gets. Shootings of course increase as more and more folks arm themselves with guns rather than manners.

    May 30, 2012 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • JB!

      Kittens and hugs for everyone!

      May 30, 2012 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • todd

      really akd4dan, i thought more conceal and carry permits and more guns meant more safety in the US, read the NRA's literature. Their skewed stats are always showing that areas like gun ranges, and gun stores, etc are safest places to be.

      May 30, 2012 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Girl Guru

    Maybe it was Edward Cullen

    May 30, 2012 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  9. JB!

    Sounds like someone only got a single shot of espresso instead of the double he paid for

    May 30, 2012 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Roger

    How come CNN only specifies the race of a perpitrator if they're white?

    May 30, 2012 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alicia

      Because they always have a picture of the black criminal.

      May 30, 2012 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Patriot822

      because if they use any other color they get targeted for being 'racist'

      May 30, 2012 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  11. boredinomaha

    Think I'll mosey on down to? My local cafe ...and they better get my order right

    May 30, 2012 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Renea

    There is nothing wrong with guns its the way you use them. Wouldn't u want a gun if someone was trying to hurt you or your family? If more good guys carried guns the bad guys would be afraid to do stuff like this.

    May 30, 2012 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  13. DPatriot

    The shooter was seen fleeing and had a gun? ... Capt. Obvious strikes again

    May 30, 2012 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Captain Obvious

      In the second shooting (8th & Seneca), the suspect abandoned the car and left the gun behind on the seat. So, in that case, the shooter did flee the scene and didn't have a gun.

      May 30, 2012 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
  14. russ

    just exercising second amendment remedies, officer

    May 30, 2012 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • marge sanka

      In florida all killers get off!

      May 30, 2012 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • holly maxwell-house

      Gay marriage solves this one!

      May 30, 2012 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Frieda Folger

      Can we pin this one on George Bush also? or just the minorities and lesbianese?

      May 30, 2012 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
  15. boredinomaha

    Its not the guns that are the problem. It's clearly the fault of the bullets.

    May 30, 2012 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Maurice

      more important, why is this national news. Sad that it happened, but I thought major news outlets cover macro themes.

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

      Or the person who's using them...if guns were illegal, they'd only stop honest people from getting them. They'd still come into this country...don't fool yourself.

      May 30, 2012 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • kien

      And they can both operate themselves. I heard of kitchen knives getting the same blame.

      May 30, 2012 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • margarita yuban

      these seattle whackos all hepped up on coffee! clearly its BamBam's fault and he should outlaw coffee and coffee shops and any related beverage businesses.

      May 30, 2012 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • MrDLoomis

      I'ts not the bullets that are at's the fault of the company that provided the metal to make the gun with in the first place. OUTLAW METAL! Thant's the answer!! Then everyone will be safe! Hahah!

      May 30, 2012 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Patriot822

      No, its obviously the fault of Physics... the velocity and size of the bullet create a specific energy that is transferred to the body upon impact. Damn that Kinetic energy

      May 30, 2012 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
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