Five people are dead after a Sunday night shooting incident at an apartment complex in Federal Way, Wash., a city about 20 miles south of Seattle. A suspect was shot by police and there's no threat to the public, authorities say.
Local CBS affiliate KIRO 7 reports that police shot and killed a wounded man in the complex's parking lot after he allegedly reached for a gun. Police were responding to reports of gunshots that poured in around 9:30 p.m. local time.
Two other men died in the parking lot. A man and a woman were found dead from gunshots in separate apartments.
"I got out of my car and shut the door, and before I got out of my car, I heard voices … and then the guy started toward me, and then the shots started," a female witness told KIRO 7.
Washington state radio station KGMI reports that police believe the men were involved in a gun fight among themselves.
NBC affiliate KING 5 reports that police are considering the possibility that the female victim was killed by a stray bullet.
"We're gonna continue to go door to door in hopes that we can find some additional witnesses, and hopefully we won't be finding any more victims," Federal Way police spokesman Cathy Schrock said, KING 5 reports.
Schrock did not immediately respond to a U.S. News inquiry asking if police could rule out terrorism as a motive for the shooting. Local police plan to announce more details about the incident later on Monday.
Update (5 p.m EDT):
In a Monday afternoon statement the Renton, Wash., police department clarified that "investigators believe this series of murders began with a domestic violence homicide."
In a bone-chilling play-by-play, Renton police - who are handling media requests for the Federal Way department - say that the 28-year-old suspect "first shot his girlfriend in the head, killing her, at their shared apartment." Then, the statement says, he packed a few items into a bag and left.
"Outside the apartment he encountered two men; witnesses reported hearing yelling or arguing, and saw the suspect shoot both men. The suspect walked up to one of the men and executed him," the statement says. "The resident of another apartment in the building, a man in his early 60’s, walked out of his apartment, observed what was occurring, told another neighbor to call 9-1-1, and went back inside. The suspect used a shotgun to breach that apartment door, entered the apartment, and shot the man, killing him."
The statement continues: "Officers arrived as the suspect was exiting the fourth victim’s apartment and carrying the shotgun. He ignored commands to drop the gun and was shot by at least two officers. The suspect dropped the shotgun and fled to a nearby parking lot, where he fell near the bodies of the two men he had shot outside. When officers approached to take the suspect into custody, the suspect reached for his handgun. Officers repeatedly ordered him to stop. The suspect continued to move towards the gun and several officers fired their weapons."
The dead suspect had "a valid Concealed Pistol License and multiple guns registered to his name," the police said.
Corrected on : Updated on 04/22/13: This post has been updated to include a statement provided by the Renton Police Department.