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5 shot at cafe, police lock down neighborhood, suspect shoots himself in West Seattle

May 30th, 2012 · No Comments

Updated: A gunman opened fire inside Cafe Racer Espresso along Roosevelt Ave. in the U District late this morning, killing three and wounding two others. As police responded, the suspect escaped, killing a woman in a carjacking on First Hill about a half hour later. Investigators tracked him to West Seattle, where he shot himself as police moved in, according to SPD.

“Based on evidence recovered during today‚Äôs investigations, SPD believes a lone suspect is responsible the murders in Roosevelt and First Hill,” explains Seattle PD in a blog post. “Still, neighbors should expect to see a heightened police presence as detectives work to confirm links between the two tragic incidents.”

The University District shootings sparked a massive police response, locking down Roosevelt High School among Seattle Police’s warnings for everyone to either stay away from the area or remain inside their homes and businesses, doors. Eckstein Middle and Green Lake Elementary also locked their doors. Neighbors told Maple Leaf Life that police were going door-to-door blocks away from the shooting scene, searching for the suspect.

(Cafe Racer surveillance images provided by Seattle Police)

Police identified the gunman as Ian Lee Stawicki, 40, of Seattle, seen above in the beard and light blue jacket in surveillance video provided by SPD. His brother told the Seattle Times that he was mentally ill. “It’s no surprise to me this happened. We could see this coming. Nothing good is going to come with that much anger inside of you,” Andrew Stawicki said.

Harborview Medical Center told KING 5 that the two injured in the shooting have life-threatening injuries. “It is not going to be an easy road for them, it’s minute by minute, hour by hour, and that’s where we are at right now,” said hospital spokeswoman Susan Gregg.

During the search for the gunman, the UW said it alerted students to the suspect description, but did not issue a campus lockdown.