UPDATE: Motive Unknown In Shooting Near Issaquah School - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

UPDATE: Motive Unknown In Shooting Near Issaquah School

SEATTLE, Wash. -  Authorities on Sunday say they still don't know why an armed Maple Valley man opened fire Saturday near a school in Issaquah east of Seattle before police killed him.

King County Sheriff's Office Sgt. John Urquhart says detectives are still looking into the 51-year-old man's background. He adds the man was not known to deputies.

The shooting sent children and parents who were attending a youth football game at Issaquah High School running for cover. The gunman died at the scene. There were no other injuries reported.

Urquhart says the man's identity will be released by the medical examiner early this week.

      
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MSNBC - ISSAQUAH, Wash. — Police killed a man suspected of firing multiple shots outside a high school east of Seattle on Saturday, local media reported.

Officers fatally shot the man after he refused to put down his weapon, a bolt-action hunting rifle, KOMO-TV reported.

No one else was injured.

The man, said to be in his 50s, was driving his car on Front Street when he stopped in the middle of the street, got out and started shooting, King County Sheriff's Office spokesman John Urquhart told NBC station KING.

He proceeded to walk toward Issaquah High School and a nearby elementary school.

Police managed to surround him on a service road. He was still firing his weapon when he was shot by police, KING reported.

The man was shooting as he walked nearly a half mile and because of the confusion, there was initially some talk that there were other suspects, but that's not the case, Urquhart said.

"We don't know where he was going or why he was going there," Urquhart said, according to KOMO. "We never had a chance to negotiate with him, talk to him. He was shooting, and the officers shot back."

The gunfire chaos as spectators at an Issaquah High football game dove for cover under bleachers or fled to nearby streets.

Police, guns drawn, ran onto the high school's football field and hustled about 120 team members and fans to a safer position beneath the bleachers, where they hunkered down, witnesses told KOMO News.

 

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