On Wednesday, a suspect walked into a café near the university district of Seattle and shot five people. Later that day, in what police believed to be a separate incident, a woman was shot and killed as her SUV was stolen.
The man has now been identified as Ian Lee Stawicki, a 40-year-old resident of Seattle. Stawicki was later cornered by police, when he put the gun to his head and killed himself. Stawicki’s rampage leaves six people dead including himself and one person critically wounded with gun shots wounds to the face and arm pit.
Roosevelt High School, a nearby school in the area of the shooting was put on lockdown as well as several schools in the area as police searched for the suspect.
The second shooting took place a mile and a half away in a nearby parking lot. Stawicki was struggling with the unidentified woman when he pulled a gun out and shot her in the head witnesses report. The victim’s abandoned SUV was later found in West Seattle with a gun on the seat. Officers wearing plain clothes spotted Stawicki in West Seattle and called for backup. When uniformed officers arrived on the scene Stawicki knelt down, put the gun to his head and pulled the trigger. He was pronounced dead at the hospital.
The family of Stawicki says he was a disgruntled and angry individual who refused to talk to others about his problems. Stawicki’s younger brother Andrew said to Seattle Times. "It's no surprise to me this happened. We could see this coming. Nothing good is going to come with that much anger inside of you."
This shooting adds to the string of homicides that has gripped Seattle this year, eclipsing the total number of homicides of last year already.