SEATTLE - A gunman who opened fire at a Seattle cafe Wednesday, killing three people, critically wounding two others and setting off a citywide manhunt apparently shot himself as officers closed in on him, authorities said.
His condition was not immediately known.
In their seartch, police also had to respond to another fatal shooting near the city’s downtown. They say a man killed a woman in an apparent carjacking and fled in a black SUV.
The latest spasm of deadly gun violence to hit Seattle worried its leaders and prompted police to consider increasing high-crime area patrols. The four deaths bring the number of homicides to 20 this year, compared to 21 all last year.
Gunfire erupted late Wednesday morning at Cafe Racer, a restaurant and music venue north of the University of Washington.
The gunman was described as a man in his 30s wearing dark clothes.
Police released two photos from inside the cafe, apparently taken from a security camera.
One shows a man walking in, and a woman nearby reading a book. Another photo shows stools overturned, and the holding what appears to be a handgun.
Two men died at the scene. A woman from the cafe died at a hospital.
In the second shooting, the carjacked SUV was later found, but the suspect is at large.
In the last month, there have been two other random killings in the city.