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Seattle Gunman Kills Five And Shoots Himself
A gunman who opened fire at a Seattle cafe killing five people and critically wounding one other shot himself as officers closed in on him.
Assistant Police Chief Jim Pugel said a plain-clothes detective spotted the cafe suspect in the southwestern part of the city and called for more officers.
As the officers arrived, the man put a gun to his head and pulled the trigger. He later died at a local hospital.
Police also had to respond to another fatal shooting after a man killed a woman in an apparent carjacking and fled in a black 4x4.
Authorities believe one man was responsible for both attacks.
"At this time, we feel pretty confident that we have the suspect in both cases," said Assistant Seattle Police Chief Nick Metz.
The shooting happened at Cafe Racer, a restaurant and music venue north of the University of Washington. The gunman was described as a man in his 30s wearing dark clothes.
Two men died at the scene. A woman and another man from the cafe died later in hospital.
Evan Hill, who lives above the building where the shooting happened, said the cafe was an artists' collective and performance space.
"It's the strangest place to think of a shooting," he said.
The latest gun deaths have prompted police to consider increasing patrols in high-crime areas.
The five deaths bring the number of homicides so far this year to 21, compared with the same number in all of last year.
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What is happening to this world, ffs!!!!!!!!!
Mmmm ... the right to bear arms? Well out of date...
It should have been " the right to arm bears", would be a safer place to visit.
K9, SWAT, Homicide detectives, crime scene investigators, and patrol officers.....over-the-top USA? I don't have a scrap of sympathy for gun slinging nutters but crime is big business by the look of things - are all these silly titles really necessary and appropriate in trying to give an aura of order and control after a chaotic event?
Only in the USA. Land of the free, home of the brave. Typical american mentality. My daughter went to an American summer camp, to look after their kids. As a prank, in the early hours, she swapped the stars and stripes for the Union Jack, on the central flag pole. In the morning the yanks went berserk, shouting "treason ", and other such nonsense. She admitted it, and persuaded them it was just British humour. The severe reaction of those in charge, with their 'over the top' patriotism, has given her a good insight to the mentality of the american people. Lack of mentality, i should say. It's no surprise they're always shooting each other.
What is wrOng with today's world so many people are being killed by what can only be described as inconsiderate mentally ill selfish people
We have very strict gun laws in this country and people still kill each other. I don't believe Peter Sutcliffe was a firearm owner. Did Harold Shipman keep one next to his stethoscope? Blimey, there's a couple accused of killing their own children in the news now and not a shot was fired! People kill people.
But killing in America rockets BECAUSE of that stupid law. How many times has someone bowled into a shop or school in Britain and gunned down several people compared to the USA.....
Lorgar, don't be so obtuse. This sort of massacre is not uncommon in the states, and a result of gun law,and a ridiculous"right to bear arms" attitude. You wouldn't have seen Shipman or Sutcliffe going into a cafe, and killing 5 people instantly. They wouldn't have had the tools. You can't compare the two , just to hold up your silly argument.
Only in America, with their crazy crazy yank laws
Statistically, in that case, if there are one billion people in China and one billion people in India and almost as many people in Indonesia as in America then, there should be as many psychopaths in Indonesia as in America and three times as many in China and India. I have read sometimes in the news of similar strange events in Asia but unless we don't get to read about it as much as in America, it doesn't seem to happen so often. China, India and Indonesia might not be so ethnically diverse could be one explanation except that they seem to be very ethnically diverse.
This isn't news, a proper news story would be " today, no one was shot dead in the USA".