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2 Dead After Gunman Opens Fire At Seattle Cafe

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File photo of Seattle police officers. (credit: Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)

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SEATTLE (AP) — A gunman opened fire at a cafe in Seattle’s University district Wednesday, killing two people and wounding three others.

Police say one of the wounded has life threatening injuries and two are in serious condition.

Police are searching for the gunman, described as a man in his 30s wearing dark clothes.

The shooting took place about 11 a.m. at Cafe Racer, a restaurant and music venue north of the University of Washington.

Evan Hill, who lives above the building were the shooting happened, said the cafe was an artists’ collective and performance space.

“It’s the strangest place to think of a shooting,” Hill said.

Nearby Roosevelt High School has been locked down during the manhunt. Seattle School District spokeswoman Teresa Wippel says students also are locked inside Eckstein Middle School and Greenlake Elementary.

Wednesday’s shooting is the latest in a series of violent gun incidents in Seattle.

Last week a man was fatally shot by a stray bullet while he and his family drove down a Seattle street. Justin Ferrari, 43, a software developer, was killed when a stranger started shooting Thursday afternoon in Seattle’s Central Area. Seattle police say the gunman’s intended target was another person involved in a dispute with the gunman.

Ferrari’s death was the second random killing in Seattle in about a month. In late April, a 21-year-old woman who recently moved to Seattle from Albuquerque, N.M., to pursue her dream of becoming a chef died of injuries suffered in an apparently random drive-by shooting near downtown. No arrests have been made in either incident.

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