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Gunman Kills 1, Wounds 3 in Seattle

November 3, 1999

SEATTLE (AP) _ A gunman opened fire today in a commercial building, killing one person and wounding three others. A search was under way for the attacker.

Police used dogs in the hunt through the largely residential Wallingford neighborhood. At least a dozen schools in the area north of downtown Seattle were locked down with the children inside while the search continued, police said.

The shooting happened about 10:30 a.m. in an office at the Northlake Shipyard building on the north shore of Lake Union, police said.

``He walked in and started shooting. That’s all we know,″ said Pam McCammon, a police spokeswoman.

The suspect, described as possibly in his 30s, was wearing a camouflage jacket and brown hat when he walked in a back door of a business and started firing a gun, police said.

One man died and three others were wounded, McCammon said. The injured were taken to Harborview Medical Center, where two men were in critical condition _ one with a gunshot wound to the chest, the other with gunshot wounds to the chest and abdomen, hospital spokesman Larry Zalin said. The third wounded person, a 19-year-old man, was in stable condition with a gunshot wound in the right arm.

Jeannie Parr said she was about 6 feet from where the shootings took place.

``He came in calmly,″ she told Northwest Cable News. ``I didn’t hear any sounds of a confrontation or argument. ... All I heard was gunshots.″

Christian Weber, president of a Web page design company, said he came back from lunch to find police all around his office building near the scene.

``I hope my friends and employees are all right,″ he said. ``I hope they find him and he’s not still here when they leave.″

Scottie Pierce of Seattle Boat, across the street from the shipyard building, said he was sending his employees home early.

``It’s almost a surreal type situation, faced with what the nation went through in Hawaii yesterday,″ he told Northwest Cable News. ``I’m quite concerned that there’s someone running around with a gun.″

Seven people were shot to death Tuesday at a Xerox Corp. building in Honolulu. The suspected gunman, a Xerox employee, fled after the slayings and surrendered hours later.

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