SEATTLE — Two people were killed and three injured in a shooting in north Seattle on Wednesday, and a gunman was still at large, police said.
Local King 5 television news reported that a gunman was seen running from the scene of the shooting at the Cafe Racer just north of the Seattle University district.
Two men died at the scene, while two other men and a woman were taken to hospital in critical condition, the Seattle Police Department said on its Twitter feed.
The gunman was described as a white male, in his 30s. “Suspect is a wht man, 6’1, very thin, curly light brn hair, wearing a white & brn plaid shirt, a long sleeve shirt, and dark pants,” it said.
Police helicopters were circling overhead, apparently searching for the gunman, according to an AFP correspondent near the scene.
The suspect walked into the cafe and began shooting at about 11:00 am (1800 GMT), Deputy Seattle Police Chief Nick Metz said, quoted by the Seattle Times.
The motive for the shooting was not yet clear, he said, according to the newspaper, which cited another police source as saying it could be domestic violence.
Detectives were investigating a second shooting and car-jacking that killed one woman in downtown Seattle at about the same time, police tweeted. It was not clear if the two incidents were linked.