Another gun, another SWAT team, another standoff and yet the gunman killed himself. The reality of it is that if this was an individual of color there would be no standoff, the Police would have blazed in, killed whomever and ended it the way it began - in a cloud of gunfire.
Again this is terrorism, domestic but still terrorism. We actually may know what transpired before the rampage as there is a survivor. She is a 12 year old girl and the trauma will of course affect her recollections as does her age but apparently he was not unknown to the authorities.
There was a hospital stay with medications so we know that drugs were involved. If the murder had been released from Harborview it would only confirm what I have suspected that that hospital too is a threat to our community by their sheer inability to actually meet the demands that they have placed upon their staff and their utter arrogance that accompanies their professional bullshit aka "their mission." Then a home with guns and kids and isolation.
We don't have a problem with guns we have a problem with our attitude towards guns.
Terrible tragedy' - 5 dead, including gunman, in Washington2 / 26
The gunman killed four people before taking his own life, authorities said Friday. A 12-year-old girl related to the victims survived and was taken to the hospital for an evaluation, Mason County sheriff's Chief Deputy Ryan Spurling said. Her condition was not immediately known.
"Apparently she's OK," Spurling said. "I don't know if this is a daughter, or stepdaughter, or what the relationship is, but she escaped from the house."
The officer who took the shooter's call had had dealings with the man before, authorities said. The officer went to the home across Puget Sound from Seattle with another deputy.
"They took cover fearing for their own safety, not knowing exactly what they were getting into. That's when they set up a perimeter, not allowing the individual to go to other residences or endanger other people and called in reinforcements," Spurling said.
Authorities negotiated with the man for about three hours Friday before a SWAT team entered the house in a heavily wooded area and found the bodies.
The gunman "apparently came outside the home and shot himself," Sheriff Casey Salisbury said. "It's a terrible tragedy."
Jack Pigott, who lives down the road, said he heard gunshots Thursday night but none Friday.
The couple who lived in the house about 25 miles southwest of Seattle had been married for four or five years, Pigott said. The wife had two teenage sons who were adopted from Russia during a previous marriage. She also had a daughter who was adopted from China.
Pigott said the husband had a heating and air conditioning contractor business. He had recently been hospitalized, Pigott said, but he didn't know why. When he returned home, he was on a lot of medications, Pigott said of the man.
It was common for the family to do shooting practice, Pigott said, and that's what he thought of when he heard the gunfire.
"I was getting a load of wood into the house, and I hear some gunshots," he said. "Four or five, a pause and then another round."
Pigott said residents know each other in the area that has homes with large lots with room for horses.
"It's actually really scary because when you live out like this, you want to feel like your neighbors are someone you can rely on, not somebody you have to be afraid of because we are out in a secluded area," said another neighbor, Lynn Johnson.