3 Killed, 1 Wounded At Shooting North Of Seattle; Suspect In Custody
Three people were killed and a fourth was injured in a shooting in Mukilteo, Washington north of Seattle, according to police. About 15-20 people were partying at home in the Chennault Beach neighborhood when gunfire broke out around 12:30 a.m., according to Mukilteo Police, NBC station KING5 reported. No other details about ages of the victims or what was happening in moments leading up to the shooting have been released.
The shooting happened in the Chennault neighborhood, not far from the Boeing airfield between Seattle and Everett. Police say the gunman was gone when officers arrived, but interviews from those at the scene led them to identify a suspect and a vehicle. A trooper with the Washington State Patrol spotted the suspect’s car about two hours later on I-5 South near Chehalis and pulled the driver over, taking him into custody without incident. His name has not been released.
Sad scene here as parents arrive not knowing the status of their child…It sounds like a high school/College. pic.twitter.com/HZJahV6cH1
— Jack Reale (@OnsceneTV_642) July 30, 2016
“My granddaughter called us about 20 minutes after midnight that she was hiding; that there had been a shooting and that two of her friends were shot and she was shot at,” said Susan Gemmer. “We jumped out of bed, got dressed and got in the car as fast as we could.” Gemmer said her granddaughter was OK, but in shock.
The weapon that is believed to have been used in the shooting has also been found, according to a Twitter post, citing Lewis County PD. The gunman is said to have been armed with a rifle.
Police told reporters at a news conference that no other suspects were being sought.
— Heather Graf (@ABC7HeatherGraf) July 30, 2016
“We are sad to report three fatalities tonight, one injured and transported to Harborview [hospital] we do not know the extent of injuries,” city officials announced.
— Gabe Cohen (@GabeCohenKOMO) July 30, 2016
No further information was immediately available, police told reporters.
Police have sealed off the neighborhood where the shooting took place, establishing a meeting place for parents and relatives at the nearby Church of Latter Day Saints on Harbour Pointe Blvd.
“Tonight our community has been shaken to the core,” said Mukilteo mayor Jennifer Gregerson. “We grieve with the families who have lost those in this horrible event.”
Several police agencies from around Snohomish County are helping with the investigation, including officers from Brier, Edmonds, Lynnwood, Mountlake Terrace, as well as deputies from the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office and troopers with the Washington State Patrol.
Mukilteo is a waterfront city in the state of Washington, near the Canadian border, with a population of just over 20,000. It is one of the most affluent Seattle suburbs and Money Magazine ranked it 10th out of its 100 top places in the US to live in.
Neither the identity, nor any information about the shooter’s motives was available at this time.