The researchers are working on the scene of a shooting rampage in Seattle on Wednesday, March 27, 2019. (Associated Press)
Two men were killed and two others were injured Wednesday after a man randomly opened fire on a car and a bus in the Seattle area for the crash of a stolen vehicle in another car, authorities said.
A man was fatally shot and another killed in a car accident with the suspect in the stolen car, Seattle police said. Two others survived gunshot wounds, including the driver of a bus that was being called a hero for driving away from the chaotic scene, despite his wound.
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“We believe that it is a random, senseless act,” Deputy police chief Marc Garth Green told reporters. “We are outraged about what the suspect did.”
“We believe that it is a random, senseless act. We are outraged about what the suspect did.”
— Deputy Chief Marc Garth Green, Seattle Police
The rampage unfolded just after 4 a.m. local time as the 33-year-old suspect allegedly tried to carjack a 53-year-old woman and shot her, Seattle Q13 FOX reported.
Bullet holes can be seen in the window of a Bus in Seattle after a shooting, Wednesday 27 March 2019. (Associated Press)
He ran in the direction of the Subway, Bus, opened fire and struck the driver, Eric Stark. Despite the fact that the wound on his torso, Stark managed to back the bus out of the danger zone and driving safety before hitting an alarm system, the Seattle Times reported. The 12 bus passengers are unharmed.
Stark would later be praised by city officials who said the driver “acted heroically in the face of extreme adversity to protect his passengers.”
Meanwhile, the gunman continued his attack, the approach of a second driver and opening fire, killing a 50-year-old man, before fleeing in the victim’s vehicle just as the police arrived. The police chased the suspect for three blocks before he collided with another car, killing the 70-year-old male driver, the Seattle Times reported.
Police work at the scene where two cars collided in Seattle on Wednesday after a gunman opened fire on vehicles in the Seattle area. (Associated Press)
The 33-year-old suspect was taken into custody after a brief stand-off.
The suspect, Stark, and the 53-year-old female driver were all taken to a hospital and were in a satisfactory condition Wednesday night, according to the paper. The names of the two men killed were not released.
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John Barrett, a native of the Seattle area, told KOMO-TV he had in his garage then heard what sounded like firecrackers. He said as he went outside, he saw a man pointing a gun at people.
“He ran down Sand Way just shoot at everything but without any regard, just kept shooting,” said Barrett. He quickly went inside again and told his partner to call the police.
Seattle police work the scene of a shooting rampage in Seattle on Wednesday. (Associated Press)
Barrett told the Seattle Times he went back outside and saw the gunman shoot the male driver in the face and, afraid that he would be shot down, jump in the bushes for cover. If the defendant was gone, Barrett went to check on the male driver and help the female driver who had been shot.
“There was so much blood,” said Barrett.
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Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan and other city officials said Wednesday evening they are mourning with the loved ones of the men killed and pledged to support the two people who were injured.
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“We mourn with the loved ones of those who were taken, and we extend the good wishes and the support of our City to those who were injured,” a statement from Durkan reads. “I am unspeakably grateful for the King County Metro driver who acted to save lives.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.