Seattle Shooting in Cafe Racer LIVE: 4 Dead and Gunman Kills Himself

Seattle police are looking for a gunman who shot dead four people and wounded one other in a shooting rampage in the northern downtown area of the city. 

The shootings occurred in two separate locations; the first in a cafe in North Seattle near Cowen Park, the second an hour later at the site of a carjacking near eighth avenue and Seneca street. While it is possible that these are two separate incidents, the police are proceeding with the possibility that the shooter could be one man. 

Two men died at the scene in the café while a woman died from injuries several hours later; the fourth death occurred at the carjacking.

While a motive is still unknown, Seattle police are describing the suspect as a white man, in his 30s or 40s, 6 feet 1 inch tall, with a thin build, curly light brown hair, and wearing a white and brown plaid shirt and dark pants.

The area around the shootings has been sealed off and armed officers are going door to door within a 10-block radius.

PolicyMic will be following the situation live. To receive live updates, refresh this page. 

9:35PM The suspect is at the hospital with a gunshot wound to the head, his condition is not currently known. 

8:09PM Police identify man who fits description of suspect. When police backup arrived the suspect shot himself.  

5:40PM The number of murders in Seattle in 2012 is approaching last year's full-year total of 21. So far this year, 19 people have been killed in Seattle gun violence. 

5:38PM A press conference is schedule for 3:30PM Seattle time. The mayor and chief of police will speak about today's gun violence. 

5:34PM No motivation is known for cafe shooting. 

5:31PM Suspect still at large. KIRO 7 Eyewitness News Seattle reporting that suspects in the two shootings are probably not the same individual.

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Elena Sheppard

Elena is the Arts & Entertainment Editor at Mic. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, Salon, Time Out New York, The New York Times Upfront, ABC News, and various travel publications. She is also a Princeton alum, a former Thailand resident, and a Brooklyn native.

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