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Seattle gunman kills five, self

A gunman killed five people in a shooting spree in Seattle before turning the weapon on himself as officers closed in, police said on Thursday. The suspect, identified by the Seattle Times as 40-year-old Ian Stawicki, is believed to have entered Cafe Racer Espresso, near the University of Washington, at around 11 am (1800 GMT), where he shot five people with a pistol, two of whom died at the scene.

Half-an-hour later, Stawicki is believed to have shot dead a woman in downtown Seattle. An officer spotted the suspect later.

When patrol cars approached Stawicki he put a gun to his head and fired one round, Deputy Police Chief Metz said.
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