Second man dead in Seattle shooting
Police searching for gunman
November 3, 1999
SEATTLE (CNN) -- Police are combing a light industrial and residential area near downtown Seattle in search of a man who shot and killed two men with a handgun and wounded two others at the Northlake Shipyard.
"We have stopped a few people who have either matched a partial description or something that looks like a possibility there -- they have turned out to be negatives," said Seattle Police Department spokeswoman Pam McCannon. "We have a couple locations we are looking into because a neighbor has called or something didn't look right to someone."
Seattle Police Officer Clem Benton said the gunman entered the shipyard, "apparently walked into the back of an office, said nothing, opened fire and walked out," fleeing on foot.
Authorities said the gunman was a white male in his 30s, about 5 foot 10 inches tall, average build, wearing sunglasses, black baseball cap and a dark coat over camouflage clothing.
Officer Carmen Best said one shooting victim described the gunman as "scruffy" with a brown beard and mustache.
Numerous police units responded to the first 911 call at 10:32 a.m. (1:32 p.m. EST), Benton said.
All the shooting victims were men. One died at the scene, one after being hospitalized. Two men remain hospitalized, one in critical condition, the other in stable condition with a gunshot wound to the arm.
Authorities said the gunman fled on foot into the city's Wallingford neighborhood after the shooting.
Police, using a scent-sniffing dog, were hunting for the gunman in the residential area. But an hour after the shooting, it appeared the dog lost the trail.
Four schools in the area have been locked down, with only school district officials being allowed to go inside.
The shooting occurred at a two-story building on the north shore of Lake Union, which is north of downtown Seattle.
A shipyard employee working on a boat outside said he heard seven to nine shots.
"We kind of thought it was a joke at first, because this is the last thing you think of," the man said. He said he then made a 911 call to police. He said a co-worker told him the shooter was using a handgun and wearing a mask.
Police had no immediate information on a motive.
Correspondent Jim Hill contributed to this report.
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