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. unreal

    if only someone with a conceal and carry permit was there to save the day! Oh how that argument is flawed...the second ammendment is completely misinterpreted.

    May 30, 2012 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      Perhaps you would like to share your interpretation of the second amendment, since the supreme court justices apparently got it wrong and you have the answer.

      May 30, 2012 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • todd

      conceal and carry is the answer to all of our prayers though ! Everyone should have a gun and then this would have NEVER occured. And no innocent people would ever get shot, so NRA and 2nd amendment really are the answer !

      May 30, 2012 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • terri

      Yeah, have you ever watched the test videos where they had a group of CHL folks who were quite "good" with their weapons and confident they would react well in a "situation" come in and get "shot at"? The videos are very telling. Many innocent people were "shot" by these "experts" and "bullets" were flying everywhere. This was in a situation where these gun enthusiasts knew they were going to have this happen. Imagine how they react when it is unexpected.

      May 30, 2012 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Golden God

    Police assume he is very dangerous.. Ya think? Too bad someone who was packin didn't see this clown in action and take him out then and there.

    May 30, 2012 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Dennis

    Can't do that easily down here in Georgia. We have the right to carry concealed or openly with license of course. I got mine all the time on me. People might thing that's crazy but there are to many homegrown terrorists and international extremist who would do anything and If I ever get a position where I have to protect my family, so be it. People cry for stricter gun law but that would only hurt the ones who are responsible gun owners. A thug can and will always be able to get his or hands on a weapon.

    May 30, 2012 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • MargieM

      Exactly, Dennis!

      May 30, 2012 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bohemer

      If and when a determined assailant decides to take out a few innocents, no amount of "concealed licences" will stop him, moment of surprise being on his side. This could just as easily happen in Georgia or Texas..

      May 30, 2012 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • todd

      you're so right Dennis, that piece of paper to conceal and carry really does keep you toothless georgia hillbillies safe. Heck, that's the answer to all of america's problems. A conceal and carry permit would make the whole country safe, with no innocent people being gunned down. You southern people are so bright !

      May 30, 2012 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • weezer

      Dennis - while I generally agree with you, you're puffing up and being foolish. This sounds like a pro hit-job. Guy walks up to you while you're engaged in conversation, drinking a latte, sticks a gun to your head and pulls the trigger - you can have ten handguns on you and six marksman medals, and you're gonna end up just as dead. Not a darn thing you can do, my friend.

      May 30, 2012 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Dennis

    sorry for the grammar errors ...

    May 30, 2012 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • murcielago

      Sad to know you never made it through the spelling and grammar class
      Good to know you are able to use auto correction features

      May 30, 2012 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
  5. zebrakid

    OMG @ JohnQPublic are you spying on our beloved RCMP pretty much nailed it!

    May 30, 2012 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
  6. andres

    And Canada never has shootings? Wrong, and with the very strict gun control laws, where do you think those criminals in Canada get their guns, do the even worry about breaking those laws? You simply end up with an unarmed citizenry and only the outlaws have guns. Never bring fists to a gun fight.

    May 30, 2012 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      "Never bring fists to a gun fight."

      So, how do you propose to even HOLD a gun, much less FIRE it, if you don't even bring your fists?

      May 30, 2012 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bohemer

      Compare per capita number of homicides committed with firearms in Canada and US. When sufficiently awed, speak again.

      May 30, 2012 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
  7. V.P.

    What is really going on with the world today? People are so evil and nasty! Whatever happened to respect for life and treating others as you'd like to be treated? We've got to do better!

    May 30, 2012 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  8. 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 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  9. mary

    You never know when a so called normal guy with a permit goes crazy and now every idiot has a gone. Just because you have a gun dont mean you dont die.

    May 30, 2012 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  10. keith

    I love the argument that "if only someone was there who had a concealed gun they could have taken down the gunman." Well there was someone there with a gun. And he killed three people. It's the psychos' who want to walk around with a gun who end up using them. Big surprise there.

    May 30, 2012 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Christopher

      yes keith, your contention fully, completely, and totally explains why these kind of shooting NEVER happen at a shooting range, a gun store, or any other place where the person BEING shot at has a gun...

      May 30, 2012 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • todd

      Chris is right Keith, because gun ranges and bullet stores really are around on every corner like coffee shops are. Those gun toting morons will give you any stupid fact to make it sound like every toothless hick that has a gun is much safer than the rest of us.

      May 30, 2012 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Fiona

    Sigh. I'm staying home this summer. The world Is getting very strange.

    May 30, 2012 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Patriot822

    Cry and hop on the first man he saw to save him?

    May 30, 2012 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Disanitnodicos

    I wonder if the shooter is black.

    May 30, 2012 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
  14. sxj016

    Kill them all mad gunman while we live through you vicariously!

    May 30, 2012 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
  15. east coast man

    When a white guy commits murder, people like you consider it an exception but it also an everyday event. If you review the stats within each race you would see the percentage of bad people are the same.

    May 30, 2012 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
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