Five dead including suspect after Washington state shooting
SEATTLE Five people were dead, including a suspected gunman, following a shooting and standoff with police at a home in Washington state on Friday, Mason County authorities said.Circumstances of the gun violence were not immediately clear. But the suspect "apparently came outside the home and shot himself," Mason County Sheriff Casey Salisbury told the newspaper. "It's a terrible tragedy."The newspaper quoted Mason County Sheriff Deputy Chief Ryan Spurling as saying that a man called law enforcement on Friday morning and reported that he shot two children, a woman and another person.
The county sheriff's office confirmed in a Twitter posting that four victims and a suspect were dead, and posted pictures showing law enforcement officers with guns drawn taking cover behind their vehicles, and a row of patrol cars parked along a gravel road, but it provided no further details.Police surrounded the home near the community of Belfair, about 25 miles (40 km) west of Seattle across Puget Sound, but did not immediately enter the residence because the man was armed with a handgun, Spurling said, according to the newspaper.
The Seattle Times reported that a SWAT team later entered the man's home and found four people dead. They found the deceased suspect inside a different structure in another area on the property, local broadcaster KING5 reported.Investigators were able to make their way inside the home just before 1 p.m. local time (2100 GMT), local broadcaster KING5 reported. Authorities said there were 11 structures on the property, KING5 reported.
A teenage girl was also found on the property, though she was not seriously injured and was transported to an area hospital as a precaution, KING5 reported. (Reporting by Eric M. Johnson in Seattle; Editing by Steve Gorman and Lisa Shumaker)