Two dead, 2 injured in Seattle incident

Posted: Tuesday, August 14, 2001

SEATTLE (AP) -- Two people, including a toddler, were fatally shot Monday night in a south Seattle apartment and police shot and critically wounded a gunman.

A 6-year-old girl, stabbed in the head, was hospitalized in serious condition, Harborview Medical Center spokeswoman Susan Gregg-Hanson said.

Police responding to 911 calls about a shooting at about 7:15 p.m. saw an armed young man on the balcony of an apartment. He pointed the gun at officers, then disappeared inside, Police Chief Gil Kerlikowske said.

The young man, in his late teens or early 20s, then jumped out a window and began running, the chief said. Officers chased him.

''He refused to stop and in fact confronted officers with the gun,'' the chief said. ''Shots were fired and the suspect was wounded.''

The young man was reported in critical condition with a gunshot wound to the chest. He was undergoing surgery Monday night at Harborview.

Kerlikowske could not say immediately whether shots had been fired at police. One witness told KING-TV the gunman had fired at police.

Police entered the residence, in the 9200 block of 51st Avenue South in the Rainier Beach area, to find the bodies of a 2- or 3-year-old boy and a young man in his late teens. Both had been shot, the chief said.

They also found the stabbed 6-year-old girl. A police officer who was also an emergency room nurse began treating her, the chief said.

''The officers acted, in my opinion, extremely courageously by chasing this armed suspect down the street,'' the chief said.

Kerlikowske said he did not know a motive for the attacks nor the relationship, if any, between the armed man and the victims.

In his first year in office, Kerlikowske has faced World Trade Organization anniversary protests, Mardi Gras riots that left one man dead, and the fatal shooting of a black motorist by police.

He stepped in to lead the city's troubled Police Department after the resignation of Norm Stamper, who shouldered blame for the handling of the 1999 WTO protests that left downtown in shambles.

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