Seattle Shooting: 5 Dead, 1 Wounded in Seattle, Suspect Shoots Self

A gunman suspected of killing four people at a Seattle cafe and then a woman in a subsequent carjacking shot himself as officers closed in on him on a West Seattle street, police say.

People watch the scene unfold after five people were shot at Cafe Racer on Roosevelt Way NE. Shocked neighborhood residents watched the chaos unfold at the local gathering spot. Photo: Joshua Trujillo/ SEATTLEPI.COM

The man suspected of killing five people and critically injuring one other in two shooting incidents in Seattle yesterday has died in hospital, according to Newser.

The suspect, who shot six people in a cafe and another in a carjacking, has been identified The Seattle Times as Ian Stawicki.

The 40-year old suspect’s brother says Stawicki was mentally ill and they feared that something could go wrong.

“It’s no surprise to me this happened,” he told the Seattle Times. “We could see this coming. Nothing good is going to come with that much anger inside of you.”

The Huff Post reports that a gunman killed five people on Wednesday – four at a cafe and another in a carjacking – before he apparently shot himself as officers closed in following a citywide manhunt.

Shooting erupted late Wednesday morning at Cafe Racer, a restaurant and music venue north of the University of Washington.

Police din’t mention a motive. They released two photos from inside the cafe, one showing a man in dark clothes walking into the establishment. Another picture shows stools overturned, and the man standing and holding what appears to be a handgun.

The Seattle Times identified victims as two local alternative musicians and a Bellevue mother of two. The names of two other people were not immediately revealed.

The woman who was shot was identified as Gloria Koch Leonidas, 52, of Bellevue, was a married mother of two girls who was active in the lighting industry. Her family refused to comment and said they needed “time to process this.”

“Right now the best (way) we can support the family is to honor their request that no one call” family members, the message to parents said. “There will be a time for these calls later, but that time is not now.”

Two local alternative musicians were Drew Keriakedes and Joe “Vito” Albanese who played together in a local band God’s Favorite Beefcake that called itself a nonprofit collective and was made up of more than a dozen performers rooted in circus arts.

The band played in New York, San Francisco, even Portugal. In performances, Keriakedes was front and center, and Albanese played the bass by ear.

The two were best friends and almost inseparable, according to friends. Albanese lived with Keriakedes and his wife.

“I didn’t see them apart in the last seven years,” said Sari Breznau, a singer with the group.

A survived man, 46-year-old Leonard Meuse ofted told his family that he loved working as a chef at Cafe Racer.

On Wednesday, he was at work when police say a man entered the cafe around 11 a.m. and opened fire. Meuse was shot once in the jaw and once in the armpit.

“It’s amazing he’s alive,” his father said. The bullet “went through his lung, grazed his liver, missed his heart. It went between (his) aorta and his spinal column. He should be able to walk.”

Meuse remains at Harborview in critical but stable condition following surgery earlier in the day.

Wednesday shooting was just the latest in a spate of shootings that has brought the homicide total to 20 so far this year, compared to 21 all of last year.

Last week, a man died when a stray bullet struck him as he and his family drove down a Seattle street. Last month, there have been two random killings in Seattle.

In late April, a woman died of injuries suffered in an apparently random drive-by shooting near downtown. No arrests have been made in either of those fatalities.

Mayor Mike McGinn said at a news conference the spate of violence had “shaken” the city.

“It’s going to take our political leaders, coming together, to give our police officers the support and tools they need to do their jobs,” McGinn said.

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