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. Hugh Jass

    "Speaking as a Canadian, the US needs gun control laws period!" Canada needs "foot control" laws. You've got a maniac sending body parts in the mail and stomping kittens on YouTube, and you lecture US? Get lost.

    May 30, 2012 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Patriot822

      Speaking as an American, stay the hell out of business and stick to whats going on North of the Border. Thanks

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

      I hope logic enters your life some day. Or at least intelligence.

      May 30, 2012 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • berie

      oh please, like we don't have have any sickos in the US

      May 30, 2012 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • zebrakid

      @Hugh Jass...You are correct. As abhorrent as those things are that are going on in my neck of the woods ( I live near Maple Ridge), I own cats & if I ever caught the SOB thats doing that I would probably inflict some serious damage, let me be clear though, I wasent lecturing anyone. It is merely my opinion which brings me to Patriot822, whatever happened to Freedom of Expression? Clearly you've never heard of it.........

      May 30, 2012 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Hojack

    Gun control is being able to hit your target!!!

    May 30, 2012 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  3. rammingman

    more guns more guns! this country needs more guns!

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

    I only became a us citizen so I could finally get my dream.... my own assault rifle (named patience).... GOD BLESS AMERICA!!!!

    May 30, 2012 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Ivan Bial

    I know guns don't kill people, people kill people.
    People with guns do kill people

    May 30, 2012 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Patriot822

      Hmm interesting. However, people with Knives, Bats, crowbars, gasoline, screwdrivers, chainsaws, stairs, and a million other things... Kill people. Lets try to outlaw all of that too! Because that would keep the world safe

      May 30, 2012 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  6. JohnQPublic

    He would call the RCMP and wait patiently at a Tim Hortons.

    May 30, 2012 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  7. rammingman

    when a black guy commits murder, its an everyday event, so its not national news.

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

      Pff, Duh... Its almost always the black Guy!

      May 30, 2012 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Matthew O'Brien

    I live just a few blocks from Cafe Racer in Seattle. It is not a biker bar, and least not in the sense you're thing of. They are a Vespa Bar. Most of the patrons there are either 50-60 year old folks having coffee, or artsy type younger hipsters who ride Vespas. No gangs, motorcycle or otherwise.

    May 30, 2012 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  9. AZ

    when a human being carries a good self ,he out beats the angels and when he leaves the morals, he becomes the worst of all creatures.

    May 30, 2012 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  10. bamagrad03

    Yes, let's ban guns. Because someone who's facing a potential murder charge would think twice if they'd also have possession of an illegal firearm tacked on as well...[sarcasm]

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

      no, lets just arm everyone from birth, so that idiots like you can carry around a gun like a tough guy. Forget all the innocent lives lost, as long as you're safe, that's all that matters, moron !

      May 30, 2012 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  11. josh

    Police said "Thursday". Why doesn't this report mention what day this happened. It came out May 30th at 3:45pm ET. Today is Wednesday!

    May 30, 2012 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Don in Washington

    It is amazing how every tragedy these days is twisted into a political debate with idiots dancing in other people's blood and coming up with knee jerk solutions that a moment's thought would show to be useless. The bad guy used a gun. Let's ban guns. Car Jacking is already illegal as is walking into a cafe and opening fire on the victims who are helpless because they have convinced themselves that the police will protect them, or have been disarmed by the University anti gun rules. When seconds count the police are only minutes away.

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

      wow, you're so right stupid. Lets just keep letting people get whatever guns/weapons they want, and say that guns/bombs/grenades/etc don't kill people, but people kill people. Yup, that will bring back all of the innocent people killed by gun fire.

      May 30, 2012 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Stephen614

    Today is Wednesday...not Thursday...right?

    May 30, 2012 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Adam

    This is Obama's fault.

    May 30, 2012 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Gun laws in Chicago

    Um, I wonder if maybe the Chicago shooting was because Illinois has made ALL pistols *ILLEGAL* so people can't defend themselves if threatened. As for gun control laws, you really think thugs are going to care if you make them illegal? Yeah, because that's worked so well for drugs. And if anyone's been watching the news from Florida recently they'll know that a crazy person could come at you and EAT YOUR FACE OFF. Seriously. What stopped him? A gun. Myup.

    May 30, 2012 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • todd

      you're so right, and instead we should just allow guns to be sold everywhere, CVS and Burger King and other places, because the criminals will find a way to get them anyway right ? Lets just stop trying to stop it...

      May 30, 2012 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
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