- Associated Press - Monday, November 7, 2016

SEATTLE (AP) - A Seattle coffee shop that was the site of a 2012 shooting is asking for the public’s help to stay open.

The Seattle Times reports (https://bit.ly/2eOYRrl ) that Cafe Racer in the University District has launched a GoFundMe campaign in hopes of staying open.

The coffee shop was where Ian Stawicki shot and killed four people and injured another on May 31, 2012. He later killed a fifth person and shot himself.

Cafe Racer owner Kurt Geissel says debt incurred refitting and re-permitting after the shooting as well as ongoing construction nearby has left the business financially crippled.

As of Monday, the cafe has raised almost $20,000 of its $50,000 goal.

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