Gunman kills 1, self at Wash. business park
Monday, February 3, 2014
VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — A gunman killed another person and himself at a Washington business park Monday in an attack that briefly prompted a lockdown at a nearby school.
The suspect, described as a man in his 60s, was found dead in a car near the Benjamin Moore Paint distribution center in Vancouver, Wash., police spokeswoman Kim Kapp said.
“We do not believe there are any outstanding suspects,” Kapp said. “There is no threat to the general public.”
Officers had said earlier they were searching for the attacker, and locked down a nearby elementary school as a precaution.
No one else was injured in the shooting just before noon, Kapp said.
Police have identified both the shooter and the person he killed, but will not release their names or their relationship to each other until their families have been notified, Kapp said.
The business is in an industrial park next to a state highway. At least four police cars were at the scene hours after the shooting.
A spokeswoman with Vancouver Public Schools said police locked down a nearby elementary school, nearby Fruit Valley Community Learning Center, for about 10 minutes as a precaution.
Vancouver is near Portland, Ore., on the north bank of the Columbia River. It’s the fourth largest city in Washington, with a population of more than 161,000.
Kendra Abdich, 24, said she heard two loud bangs at about 11:30 a.m.
Abdich, who lives one block from the office park, said the businesses often load and unload trucks, and sudden, loud noises aren’t unusual.
But Abdich said she soon saw several police cars “flying by,” and then checked her computer. She saw news reports and realized she lived about 100 yards from the scene.
“It’s not normal out here,” Abdich said. “It’s a little scary.”
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