A gunman killed five people in Seattle on Wednesday — four at a cafe and another in a carjacking — before he shot himself as officers closed in after a citywide manhunt.
A memorial grows as people gather Wednesday night outside Cafe Racer in the University District, where a man shot five people. The suspect later shot and killed a woman on First Hill and then himself in West Seattle. Photo by DEAN RUTZ / THE SEATTLE TIMES
The Seattle Times reported that Cafe Racer is one of those quirky Seattle hangouts, known mostly by its University District patrons who favor its eclectic music and friendly vibe.
Ian L. Stawicki was drawn there, too. But his loud, bizarre behavior sometimes got him tossed out.
On Wednesday morning, minutes before 11 a.m., Stawicki returned. And he had a gun.
Surveillance video captured the scene.
Stawicki walked in toward the tables and bar stools filled with patrons. Sixty-three seconds later, four people lay mortally wounded, a fifth critically injured.
Stawicki, 40, fled south and by 11:30 a.m. confronted a Bellevue businesswoman in a parking lot on First Hill. He fatally shot her and escaped in her black Mercedes-Benz SUV, heading to West Seattle.
For the next four hours police frantically searched for him, going door to door, guns drawn.
Schools and community centers were locked down and buses rerouted. And a city already raw from a week of unsettling violence found itself reeling further.
Police closed in on Stawicki about 4 p.m. on a West Seattle sidewalk. Cornered, he knelt and shot himself in the head.