The man suspected of murdering several people in a cafe in Seattle shot himself when police approached him. CNN reports the alleged offender was taken to hospital. However, the site of the newspaper The Seattle Times reports the man was able to commit suicide.
According to the latest information, 3 people were killed, two others injured in the shooting at an American cafe on Wednesday. Police are trying to establish whether there is a connection between the café shooting and the incident in downtown Seattle, where an unknown perpetrator shot a woman and stole her SUV. The car was subsequently found: it had been abandoned by the criminal, who fled.
The suspect was rushed to a hospital with a gunshot wound to the head, and his condition was not immediately known, Assistant Police Chief Jim Pugel said. Detectives believe the man was behind both the killings at a coffeehouse in north Seattle and a second slaying near downtown, based on witness accounts, Pugel said.
Three people were killed and two wounded at the coffeehouse on Wednesday morning, with the survivors listed in critical condition, police said. The second shooting left one woman dead in what police described as a possible carjacking about a half-hour later.
Shootout in Seattle: 3 people killed
3 people were killed and 2 injured when an unknown perpetrator fired at visitors of a café in the U.S. city of Seattle. According to an account of the incident, given by representatives of the police on Twitter, the events unfolded at a coffee shop on the campus of the University of Washington.
The assailant managed to flee the scene of the crime. One of the wounded is in critical condition.
Police are looking for a male suspect in his 30s, wearing dark clothes.
Three schools in the area were placed under lock down while the search for the gunman was under way, a Seattle School District spokeswoman said.
A second shooting was reported at about the same time in central Seattle, but it is not known whether the incidents are related.