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Police: Shooting suspect says he was in alcoholic blackout

DELETE certain NUMBER of PEOPLE WHO WERE SHOT, AS a STORY, the DETAILS CONTINUE to DEVELOP – Researchers working at the site of a shooting rampage in Seattle on Wednesday, March 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Gene Johnson)

SEATTLE – A man accused of randomly shooting at cars and a bus in Seattle, leaving two dead and two wounded, told the police later that he was in an alcoholic black out and not remember doing it, authorities said in court documents Friday.

Tad-Michael Norman, 33, was charged in King County Superior Court with two counts of first-degree murder and three counts of attempted murder in the Wednesday afternoon rampage. He was being held without bail. It was not immediately clear whether he had obtained a lawyer who could speak on behalf of him.

“The defendant’s actions – creation of the shooting with a 9 mm semi-automatic pistol at five random members of the community on a public street, killing two and wounding two others – demonstrate the extreme danger he poses to the community,” senior deputy prosecutor Scott O’toole wrote in the charging papers. “Take at face value his claim to the detectives that he has no recollection of the events leading up to, and with the shooting only increases the danger that he poses.”

According to a probable cause statement from the Seattle Police Detective Alan Cruise, Norman told investigators he went to Fred Meyer supermarket earlier in the day and bought vodka, rum and wine. He started drinking at about 12:30 a.m., about 3½ hours before the shooting, and he remembered playing video games, but then he recalled nothing until he was treated for minor injuries at Harborview Medical Center on Wednesday evening, ” the statement said.

“He described the nature of his alcohol abuse of the public drinking,” Cruise wrote. “Detectives told a summary of what we believed happened, including him shooting 3 people, carjacking a vehicle and who are involved in (a) serious vehicle collision,” Cruise wrote. “Norman said he has no memory of any of that.”

According to the police, Norman ran into the street in front of his house in the north-east of Seattle, fired on a car driven by Julie Blair, who was not injured. Her car struck two times. Blair said that when she drove away she could see him shooting at another car.

Teacher Deborah Judd told reporters in her hospital room Thursday that she was on the way home from a staff meeting — “zipping along, I think I was eating Cheez-Its” — when she saw a man in the middle of the road shooting at her. She was hit in the arm, shoulder, and lung cancer, ” she said. They remained in good condition Friday.

Bus driver, Eric Stark said the shooter fired into his windshield, striking him in the chest. After making an inventory of his injuries and the hit of an emergency alert, Stark managed to reverse the bus away and turn it around, to get his passengers to safety. He told reporters from his hospital bed Friday that the gunman “seemed to be not in panic or crazy.”

“It just seemed really calm, as if he’s shooting paper target at a range,” said Stark.

The police said Norman then shot and killed another driver — Robert M. Hassan, 76—, and fled in Hassan car crashing head-on into another car. That vehicle, the driver, Richard T. Lee, 75, was killed.

Hassan was a retired physician and air force colonel, his brother told The Seattle Times.

Norman not have any criminal history in the state of Washington. He was a supplier with Microsoft, and his contract ended last year, a company representative said.

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