SEATTLE — A gunman killed four people in Seattle on Wednesday — three at a cafe and another in a carjacking — before he apparently shot himself as officers closed in following a citywide manhunt, authorities said.
He was listed in critical condition at a local hospital.
Police searching for the suspect in the first shooting near the University of Washington also had to respond to another fatal attack near the city’s downtown. They say a man killed a woman in an apparent carjacking and fled in a black SUV. Authorities later said they believe one man was responsible for both attacks.
“At this time, we feel pretty confident that we have the suspect,” said Assistant Seattle Police Chief Nick Metz.
The latest spasm of deadly gun violence to hit the city worried Seattle’s leaders and prompted police to consider increasing patrols in high-crime areas. The three deaths bring the number of homicides so far this year to 19, compared with 21 in all of last year.
Police said residents could expect a heightened police presence in the city for the time being.