Two men were killed Wednesday and two others injured after a man in a neighborhood in Seattle accidentally opened fire on cars and a metro bus before plunging a stolen vehicle into another car.
One man was mortally wounded Another was killed in a car accident with the suspect's stolen car, Seattle police said. Two others survived bullet wounds, including the driver of a subway bus, who was called a hero for driving away from the chaotic scene despite his wound.
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"We believe it is a random, meaningless act," Deputy Chief of Police Marc Garth Green told reporters. "We are outraged by what this suspect did."
"We believe it is a random, meaningless act, we are outraged by what this suspect has done."
Then he went over to a metro bus, opened the fire and beat the driver Eric Stark. Despite the upper body wound, Stark managed to save the bus from danger and get to safety before an emergency call was triggered, the Seattle Times reported. The 12 bus passengers were unhurt.
Stark was later praised by city officials who said the driver had "heroically acted in the face of extreme adversity to protect his passengers."
The gunman resumed his attack and approached a second motorist and launching fire, in which a 50-year-old man was killed before he escaped with the victim's vehicle when the police arrived. The police tracked the suspect for three blocks before colliding with another car and killing the 70-year-old male driver, the Seattle Times reported.
The 33-year-old suspect was arrested after a short break.
The suspect Stark and the 53-year-old driver were all taken to a hospital and were in a satisfactory condition from Wednesday night, according to the newspaper. The names of the two men killed were not published.
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John Barrett, a resident of Seattle, told KOMO-TV that he had worked in his garage, sounding like firecrackers. He said as he went outside, he saw a man pointing a gun at people.
"He went down the Sand Point Way and just shot everything without consideration, just kept shooting," Barrett said. He quickly went back in and told his partner to call the police. Seattle police worked on a shootout Wednesday in Seattle. (Associated Press) “/>