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Only Survivor In Seattle Shootings Expected To Recover

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SEATTLE, Wash. (AP) - The only survivor of a shooting at a Seattle cafe where four other people were killed is expected to recover.

Harborview Medical Center reports Leonard Meuse has been upgraded from critical to serious condition. Spokeswoman Susan Gregg says he remains in the intensive care unit Thursday.

His father, Raymond Meuse, told The Seattle Times his 46-year-old son worked as a cook at the Cafe Racer. He was shot in the jaw and armpit. A bullet went through a lung but missed his heart and spinal column.

Police say the shooter, 40-year-old Ellensburg native Ian Stawicki, also killed a woman in downtown Seattle Wednesday and drove her car to West Seattle where he shot and killed himself as officers closed in.

Harborview Medical Center spokeswoman Susan Gregg says one of two men who were wounded in the cafe shooting also died Wednesday night, bringing the number of dead victims to six, including the gunman.

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From KIROTV.com - A man who killed four people in a bloody shooting spree at two Seattle locations ended an intense manhunt by turning the gun on himself as officers closed in on Wednesday.

He was listed in critical condition at Harborview Medical Center, at the end of a day wracked with violence that capped a month in which two others were killed by flying bullets in the city.

The day's first shooting occurred around 11 a.m. at a North Seattle cafe, where police arrived to find five people down inside the business.  Three died from their wounds.

Less than an hour later, a man pulled out a handgun and fatally shot a woman in the head during a carjacking at Eighth and Seneca. 

The descriptions of the gunman in each case varied significantly, and police did not at first know if the shootings were related.

After releasing surveillance photos of the gunman in the café shooting, police closed in on the suspect about an hour later and, as officers approached, the gunman knelt and shot himself in the head, police said.

5 shot at North Seattle cafe 

The five-hour manhunt began when gunfire erupted at Cafe Racer, a restaurant and music venue north of the University of Washington. 

Three blocks around the scene were sealed off as armed officers went door to door within about a 10-block radius in the search for the gunman, checking open windows, looking in garbage cans and creeping around bushes.   Residents were told to keep their doors and windows locked.

Two men died at the scene.  Friends of the deceased said the men were both in their 40s or early 50s.  One man was described as a sword swallower, fire breather and had a large presence in the burlesque community.  Both men were members of the band God's Favorite Beefcake, which had played at the Folklife Festival on Saturday.

Three other victims, two men and a woman, were taken to Harborview Medical Center in critical condition at Harborview Medical Center.  The woman died from her injuries several hours later.

Evan Hill, who lives above the building where the shooting happened, told The Associated Press the cafe was an artists' collective and performance space.

 

"It's the strangest place to think of a shooting," said Hill, who heard four to five shots. He said he ran to his balcony and called 911, but didn't see a suspect.

On a street corner across from the cafe, friends of the victims gathered by the ivy-covered wall of an apartment building. Some collapsed in grief. The cafe's owner hugged them and commiserated.

Woman killed in downtown Seattle

Within an hour of the shooting, a woman was shot and killed in a possible carjacking near Eighth Avenue and Seneca Street.  

Witnesses reported hearing a man and a woman fighting in a parking lot.  The woman called for help and the man pulled out a handgun and shot her in the head, police said.

The man fled in a Mercedes SUV which was found abandoned in West Seattle.   Video from Chopper 7 showed a black handgun sitting on the driver's seat.

Meanwhile in West Seattle, police searched the area near the 4100 block of Delridge Way after the SUV in the carjacking was found abandoned.  

Assistant Chief Jim Pugel said that about an hour after digital photos of the suspect were distributed to officers, a plainclothes detective in West Seattle saw a man who matched the description of the gunman.  

The officer alerted uniformed officers, and as they closed in on the suspect near 37th and Southwest Raymond Street, the man knelt down in the street and shot himself in the head.

Seattle gun violence

In the last month, there have been two random killings in the city. 

Last week, a man died when a stray bullet struck him as he and his family drove down a Seattle street. In late April, a woman died of injuries suffered in an apparently random drive-by shooting near downtown.

No arrests have been made in either of those fatalities.

On Saturday, a bystander was wounded near the iconic Space Needle when he was struck by a bullet allegedly fired by a gang member involved in a dispute with another man, authorities said.

Later that night, about 60 shots were fired in drive-by shootings at four houses. No one was hit.

 

Besides the plan to increase the number of officers on patrol in high-crime areas, police are urging people with information about shootings to come forward.

At a news conference, Mayor Mike McGinn said the spate of violence had "shaken" the city.

"It's going to take our political leaders, coming together, to give our police officers the support and tools they need to do their jobs," McGinn said.

City Councilman Bruce Harrell said leaders needed to consider everything -- from changing laws to addressing the culture of violence.

"If we are to be honest, there's no easy fix," he said.

 

 

 

 

 

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