The suspect in Wednesday morning’s shooting at the University District’s Cafe Racer was confronted by officers and shot himself just before 4p, SPD said in updates this afternoon. Police are now “confident” the Cafe Racer shootings and the First Hill shooting death are connected.
According to SPD, the suspect has died while the Seattle PI reports that the suspect was alive as of 5:15p at Harborview. UPDATE: SPD confirms that the suspect is alive and receiving treatment as of early Wednesday evening. UPDATE x2: — 9:05PM: A Harborview spokesperson says the suspect has died.
“Officers spotted man matching descrip of n. sea shooting susp @ 37/Raymond and tried to contact him. He knelt down and shot himself,” reported the department’s Twitter account.
The Seattle Times is identifying the suspect as Ian Lee Stawicki. His family says the 40-year-old is mentally ill. Washington records show no significant criminal convictions on his record despite a few brushes with the law and two domestic violence incidents.
SPD says detectives are still investigating the connection between the University District shootings and the 8th and Seneca shooting that left a woman dead in a First Hill parking lot. The First Hill shooting was originally reported as a carjacking less than an hour after the Cafe Racer shootings. UPDATE: SPD’s report on the day’s events is here.
The victim in the First Hill shooting has been identified in a notice sent home to parents of a Capitol Hill-area school her daughters attend as 52-year-old Gloria Koch Leonidas. Her listed address is a Bellevue location.
SPD is calling Stawicki the “lone suspect in 4 murders in 2 locations.” A fifth and sixth victim have since died. Detectives are piecing together what lead to the start of the violence in Cafe Racer, how the suspect traveled from the University District to 8th and Seneca, what transpired in the Town Hall Seattle parking lot and where the suspect hid out and evaded police for hours in West Seattle.
In the meantime, SPD says expect “a heightened police presence for the time being” on the streets of Seattle.
The Seattle Times reports that the survivor from the cafe shooting, Leonard Meuse, attended Seattle Central’s pastry program before becoming chef at Cafe Racer. The Times also has more about Meuse, the victims at Cafe Racer and Leonidas here.
Details on the incidents and live coverage from the day are below.
Earlier: Seattle Police say it is too early to rule out that this morning’s murder of a woman in a First Hill parking lot could be related to the shooting earlier today at Cafe Racer in the University District.
Police at the scene confirmed that the female victim in the First Hill shooting in the parking lot behind Town Hall has died. Police say witnesses told them the “man and woman were in an argument” before he pulled out his handgun and shot her in the head.
A witness at the parking lot told CHS she saw a man standing over a woman in the parking lot, punching and kicking the victim before shooting her at close range with a pistol. A witness at the scene told CHS the man had a blond crew cut. Police say he appeared to be in his 30s.
The Cafe Racer shooter has been described as a white male, 6’1, very thin, with curly light brown hair, wearing a light blue jacket, a purple shirt and grey pants. We’ve added a picture of the suspect, below.
The suspect fled the scene in the victim’s black SUV which has been recovered along with one handgun in West Seattle where a manhunt is underway.
UPDATE: A suspect in the
8th and Seneca Cafe Racer murder has been shot by police or suffered a self-inflicted gun wound near the High Point area of West Seattle. “Suspect in n. sea shootings shot himself near 37th and Sw Raymond this afternoon,” SPD announced via Twitter.
In the wake of the West Seattle incident, police are not yet willing to say there is a connection between the Cafe Racer and First Hill shootings despite the SUV from the 8th/Seneca murder being abandoned about two miles away.
The Seattle Times reports that three people died and two were injured in the shootings at the U District cafe this morning.
Police are looking for a black SUV seen leaving the area.
The city’s police services are also busy in the University District where a multiple shooting has left at least two people dead. The incidents do not appear to be related at this time.