Authorities are still looking for the gunman who shot and killed a Mount Rainier National Park ranger today. The 368-square-mile park was on lock down to find the suspect.
The Seattle Times Newspaper reports a "34-year-old park ranger was fatally shot Sunday morning in Mount Rainier National Park after a routine traffic stop led to a chase up the road near Paradise."
The ranger was identified as Margaret Anderson who has been a park ranger for 4 years. Anderson is survived by her husband, who is also a park ranger, and two kids, aged 4 and 2.
The shooting occurred just after 10 a.m.
Park Rangers tried to pull over the vehicle, but the suspect kept going. The rangers then radioed to Anderson who set up her vehicle as a roadblock on a park road just before the suspect shot her. Authorities believe the gunman is still in the woods with an assault rifle, Seattle PI reports.
According to Reuters a spokesman for the park said local law enforcement and the FBI were assisting in the manhunt.
Rainier National Park is about 3 hours from Seattle. Rainier was established in 1899 and is the fifth oldest National Park.