A gunman opened fire in a North Seattle street. Wednesday, in the vicinity of 33rd Ave NE.
He tried to carjack the car of a 57-year-old woman and in the process shot and injured her. He walked into the street and fired at a Metro bus. The bus driver was hit by the gunfire, but was able to turn the bus around and get away. The gunman then carjacked a stopped red Prius, shooting and killing the 50-year-old driver and sped away in the car. The police pursued and retained him after he collided with another car, killing the other driver, a 70-year-old man. The suspect, identified as a 33-year-old Sand Point resident, was taken into custody near Sand Point Way Northeast and Bartlett Avenue Northeast.
The gunman was taken to Harborview Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries after a standoff. The driver of Metro Route 75, Eric Stark, 53 old, was hailed as a hero for backing the bus out of the area, despite his wounds, and driving to safety. He suffered a gunshot wound to the torso. Police called the shootings a “random, senseless act.” The motive for the shootings was not immediately clear. Sand Point Way Northeast was blocked between Northeast 115th and 125th streets most of Wednesday afternoon for the heavy police response.