UPDATE: Seattle Police Department has determined the same man, identified by local media 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.
Before you catch your breath from the just-reported shooting at Cafe Racer near the University of Washington, news broke not long ago of YET ANOTHER shooting this morning in Seattle, this one reportedly in the parking lot of Town Hall near 8th and Seneca. A female victim in the shooting has died, according to police.
Police say a black Mercedes SUV was involved in the shooting near Town Hall, which happened around 11:30 a.m. Authorities believe the shooting stemmed from a carjacking.
The suspect is described as a white male around 35 years old with a blond crew cut.
The Seattle Police Department provided these updates from the scene via Twitter:
2nd shooting in downtown Seattle. Near 8th and Senaca. Black SUV involved.— Seattle Police Dept. (@SeattlePD) May 30, 2012
Male in 8th and Seneca shooting described as a white male, 35 yoa, blonde crew cut, driving a black Mercedes SUV. Armed with a gun.— Seattle Police Dept. (@SeattlePD) May 30, 2012
1 female shot in the 8th and Seneca shooting. Suspect may have been wearing a hat.— Seattle Police Dept. (@SeattlePD) May 30, 2012
The 8th and Seneca shooting may have been a carjacking. Susp. armed and dangerous. If black Mercedes SUV- WA plate 348-VWV seen. Call 911— Seattle Police Dept. (@SeattlePD) May 30, 2012
A/Chief Sanford enroute to 8th and Seneca for media briefing.— Seattle Police Dept. (@SeattlePD) May 30, 2012
Vehicle in 8th and Seneca shooting has been recovered. Suspect still at large— Seattle Police Dept. (@SeattlePD) May 30, 2012
Female victim confirmed deceased at 8/Seneca scene. Chief Sanford briefing media now.— Seattle Police Dept. (@SeattlePD) May 30, 2012
UPDATE: KING 5 and others report that the vehicle involved in this shooting was located in West Seattle and police are currently scouring the area looking for the suspect.
UPDATE: Seattle Police, via Detective Mark Jamieson and the agency's SPD Blotter blog, have released more information on today's shooting:
On May 29th, at approximately 11:30 am, Seattle Police responded to a report of a female who had been shot and was down in the parking lot at 8th Avenue and Seneca Street. This is in the parking lot just west of Town Hall. Initial witness reports stated that a man and woman were in an argument and that the male then pulled out a handgun and shot the woman in the head. The male suspect then jumped into a black Mercedes SUV and drove away eastbound on Seneca. Officers arrived quickly and began CPR on the victim until relieved by Seattle Fire Department medics. The victim was transported to Harborview Medical Center where she was later pronounced dead. Detectives from Homicide and CSI responded to the scene and have begun their investigation.
At approximately 12:00 pm, the black Mercedes SUV was located unoccupied in the 4100 Block of Delridge Way SW. A handgun was visible inside that vehicle. Detectives are applying for a search warrant for that vehicle now. Officers are currently searching for the suspect. Unfortunately at this time we do not have a better description of the suspect other than white male. Anyone with information on this suspect is asked to immediately call 911.
There was been speculation that this shooting may have been linked to the earlier shooting on Roosevelt Way NE. At this point, we just don't know. Detectives are exploring every possibilty. Again, anyone with any information on either of these incidents is urged to contact Seattle Police. These are active and ongoing investigations, and we will update new information as it becomes available.
We'll update this post as the story develops.