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UPDATE: Seattle Police Department has determined the same man, identified by local news outlets as 40-year-old Ian L. Stawicki, was behind both of today's shootings in Seattle. Earlier this afternoon Stawicki turned a gun on himself in the middle of a West Seattle street and has been taken to Harborview.
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The Seattle Police Department is investigating a shooting at Cafe Racer Espresso in the 5800 block of Roosevelt Way Northeast that has left two people dead and one with life-threatening injuries. The Seattle Times reports two others suffered gunshot wounds in the violence.
The Times is also reporting that police say it could be a domestic violence situation, and that nearby Roosevelt High School has been locked down due to the shooting.
The suspect in the Cafe Racer shooting is still at large.
According to the Times coverage:
The suspect is described as a white man, 30-40 years old, 6-feet-1, with a medium build. He has light brown curly hair, a goatee or beard and was wearing a white and plaid shirt.
The man was last seen running north from the scene.
The Seattle Police Department sent out these tweets from the scene:
Suspect is a wht man, 6'1, very thin, curly light brn hair, wearing a white & brn plaid shirt, a long sleeve shirt, and dark pants— Seattle Police Dept. (@SeattlePD) May 30, 2012
2 deceased victims at 58/Roosevelt are males. Two additional men and one woman en route to HMC.— Seattle Police Dept. (@SeattlePD) May 30, 2012
Seattle photojournalist Joshua Trujillo is also tweeting from the scene:
UPDATE: Another shooting, this one near 8th and Seneca on Seattle's First Hill, was reported about 30 minutes after the Cafe Racer incident. Police say a woman has died in that shooting, which stemmed from an apparent carjacking.
UPDATE: The Seattle Police Department, via the agency's SPD Blotter blog, has released more information about today's shooting at Cafe Racer Espresso:
Seattle police are searching for a gunman who shot five people, killing two of them, in a north Seattle cafe Wednesday morning.
Around 11 am, several people called 911 and reported hearing gunfire coming from Cafe Racer at NE 58th Street and Roosevelt Way NE.
Officers arrived on scene and found five people down inside the business.
Medics arrived immediately, but were unable to save two men, who died at the scene. Two additional men and one woman were rushed to Harborview in critical condition.
The suspect in the shooting is a white male, 6'1, very thin, with curly light brown hair, wearing a white and brown plaid shirt and dark pants. Police believe he is armed and dangerous.
There is currently a heavy police presence in the University District, with K9, SWAT, Homicide detectives, crime scene investigators, and patrol officers all in the area working on the case and searching for the suspect.
As a precaution, area residents should keep their doors and windows locked, and to call police if you find any indications someone has tried to break in to your home.
We will provide updated information about this case as soon as it's available.
If you have any information about this case or the suspect, please call 911.
UPDATE: Police say another victim has died in the shooting.
UPDATE: In a situation described at a City Hall press conference as "rapidly evolving," police "strongly believe" the Cafe Racer shooter shot himself in the middle of the road as police were closing in on him near SW Raymond in West Seattle. No confirmation yet on whether or not the shooter is dead. Speculation is that today's two incidents may be connected. "We're not ignoring" a possible connection, a police spokesperson said.
We'll update this story as it develops.