A gunman opened fire in a Central District bar Sunday evening, wounding two people, before he was shot by an officer when they confronted him inside the business.
The gunman walked into the Twilight Exit , near 25th and E. Cherry and confronted his ex-girlfriend. At one point, the suspect pulled out a gun and fired it, wounding a 25-year-old woman, and a bar employee—who is in his 30s—when he tried to intervene.
There were more than two dozen people inside the bar when the shooting began. Several 911 calls came in stating there was a shooting inside the bar, around 10:15 pm.
Officers arrived on scene quickly. Officers were preparing to enter the bar when the suspect raised his gun and fired at the officers. One officer returned fire, striking the man and fatally wounding him.
Seattle Fire Department Medics responded to the scene, where they pronounced the man dead at the scene. The other two victims were taken to Harborview Medical Center. Their injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.
Detectives from the Homicide and Assault Unit and Crime Scene Investigators responded as well to process the scene. There were a number of witnesses inside the bar at the time of the shooting. They were all taken downtown to police headquarters where they will be interviewed by detectives.
None of the officers were injured during this encounter. This is preliminary information and we will have additional information later in the day.