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A King County medical examiner’s spokeswoman said her office might be able to release the dead victims’ identifications Thursday.
One man wounded in the cafe shooting was reported in critical but stable condition late Wednesday at Harborview Medical Center following surgery earlier in the day. Hospital spokeswoman Susan Gregg confirmed his name as Leonard Meuse. Mr. Meuse’s father, Raymond Meuse, told the Seattle Times his son was shot in the jaw and armpit but was expected to survive.
Evan Hill, who lives above the building where the shooting happened, said the cafe was an artists collective and performance space.
“It’s the strangest place to think of a shooting,” said Mr. Hill, who heard four to five shots. He said he ran to his balcony and called 911, but he didn’t see a suspect.
On a street corner across from the cafe, friends of the victims gathered by the ivy-covered wall of an apartment building. Some collapsed in grief. The cafe’s owner hugged them and commiserated.
Units of police officers marched by with rifles and shotguns, knocking on doors and checking driveways and yards in the neighborhood of single-family, bungalow-style homes, restaurants and businesses.
During the manhunt, Roosevelt High, Eckstein Middle and Greenlake Elementary schools were locked down, according to the school district.
In other recent violence to hit Seattle, a bystander was wounded near the Space Needle on Saturday when he was struck by a bullet that police say was fired by a gang member involved in a dispute with another man. Later that night, about 60 shots were fired in drive-by shootings at four houses. No one was hit.
Besides a plan to increase the number of officers on patrol in high-crime areas, police are urging people with information about shootings to come forward.
They also said Seattleites could expect an increased police presence in the near future.
City Councilman Bruce Harrell said leaders needed to consider everything — from changing laws to addressing the culture of violence.
“If we are to be honest, there’s no easy fix,” he said.
By Tom Fitton
New photos confirm the attack's coordination and its cover-up
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