3 Young People Dead in Shooting Near Seattle

Source says one of the victims had recently broken up with the suspected shooter
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 30, 2016 12:18 PM CDT
3 Young People Dead in Shooting Near Seattle
Police monitor the access point to the crime scene from a block away, after a shooting Saturday in Mukilteo, Wash.   (Alan Berner/The Seattle Times via AP)

A gunman killed three and injured a fourth person early Saturday in a suburban Seattle home where young people had gathered, the AP reports. The suspect was pulled over and arrested three counties away, Officer Myron Travis of the Mukilteo Police Department said. About 15 to 20 people were in the home at the time of the shooting, and all have been interviewed by police, he said. Police did not release the names of the victims, but a woman tells the AP her granddaughter hid in a closet to escape. Susan Gemmer says her 18-year-old granddaughter was hanging out with friends at the home when a young man showed up with a rifle. Gemmer says the gunman shot two people at a fire pit before going onto a roof and firing more shots from there.

Washington State Patrol trooper Will Finn said the male suspect was pulled over around 2am near Chehalis, about 113 miles from the shooting. Finn declined to release information about his identity. No motive has been given for the shooting. But Gemmer says the shooter and one of the victims had recently broken up.The shooting happened in the Chennault neighborhood of Mukilteo, a waterfront town of about 20,000 people, 25 miles north of Seattle. (Read more shooting stories.)

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