May 30, 2012 at 11:12 AM
2 dead, 3 wounded in shooting at U District cafe
UPDATE: Three are dead, two are wounded. Read continuing coverage.
Two men were killed and three other people were wounded in a shooting this morning in North Seattle.
Seattle police say the shooting happened at Cafe Racer Espresso in North Seattle. Seattle police say two men are confirmed dead and one person has life-threatening injuries. Two others also suffered gunshot wounds. One victim is a woman.
A law enforcement source says it could be a domestic violence situation.
The shooting occurred in the 5800 block of Roosevelt Way Northeast. Roosevelt High School has been locked down.
Seattle police say a suspect is at large.
The suspect is described as a white man, 30-40 years old, 6-feet-1, with a medium build. He has light brown curly hair, a goatee or beard and was wearing a white and plaid shirt.
The man was last seen running north from the scene.
A man who gave his name as Justin said he used to work at Cafe Racer. He said a friend was wounded in the shooting.
“It’s one of the few places I thought things like this couldn’t happen,” he said. “They play folk music. Everybody ‘s nice.”
Roosevelt High, less than half a mile away from the shooting, was locked down afterwards while two other nearby schools, Eckstein Middle and Green Lake Elementary were operating as usual but locked all of their doors as a precaution.
At Roosevelt, all of the doors were locked and all of the lights were turned off.
Teresa Wippel, a school district spokeswoman, said she wasn’t sure if any students were in danger. An elementary school class from Granite Falls was visiting Roosevelt for the day, she said.
School officials are urging parents not to pick up their students.
“Nobody should come anywhere near that neighborhood right now,” Wippel said.
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