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March 31, 2013 at 9:54 AM

Three dead in Auburn tavern shootout

A victim's family members mourn near the scene of a shooting outside The Sports Page bar in Auburn, Wash early Easter Sunday morning.

A victim’s family members mourn near the scene of a shooting outside The Sports Page bar in Auburn, Wash early Easter Sunday morning. (Photo by Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Times)

Gunfire erupted in the parking lot of a popular Auburn sports bar early Sunday, leaving three dead, one injured and police looking for suspects and answers.

Auburn Police Cmdr. Mike Hirman said detectives have recovered at least two guns, are questioning a “person of interest” and are processing a “very large crime scene” at The Sports Page, 2802 Auburn Way North.

The incident began about 1:45 a.m. when a large group of people — as many as 50, he said — were “milling about” in the parking lot of the bar, located in a strip mall across Auburn Way North from the municipal airport.

“Some sort of dispute erupted. You know, over a girl or words or something, and somebody started shooting and then somebody else started shooting,” Hirman said. There were at least two guns involved and Hirman said there may have been other shooters, as well. “We really are just trying to sort it out. We have a very large crime scene and there were a lot of witnesses. One thing we know we have is guns and drinking.” As many as a dozen people may have been involved in the fight, he said.

Cars are towed away as police investigate the scene of a shooting outside The Sports Page tavern in Auburn. Police say around 50 people were milling around outside of the bar around 1:45 a.m. when a fight began and gunfire rang out. (Photo by Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Times)

Cars are towed away as police investigate the scene of a shooting outside The Sports Page bar in Auburn. Police say around 50 people were milling around outside of the bar around 1:45 a.m. when a fight began and gunfire rang out. (Photo by Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Times)

The parking lot was mayhem when the shooting stopped, Hirman said, with three men — all in their 20s — down and dying and a fourth victim thrown in the back of a car and rushed by his friends to Auburn General Hospital.  That individual suffered multiple gunshot wounds and was transported to Harborview Medical Center, where he is in critical condition.

Hirman said one bullet-riddled car was found in Kent and another in Federal Way. Those vehicles were impounded.

As of Sunday morning, detectives were detaining one individual as a “‘person of interest,” but that no formal arrests had been made. Hirman said Auburn police are looking to talk to anyone who witnessed or has information about the shooting.

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