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Two Women Slain, Third Wounded in Courthouse Shooting

March 2, 1995

SEATTLE (AP) _ A gunman opened fire today at three women sitting on a bench outside a courtroom, killing two and wounding the third.

A man has been taken into custody and was being questioned, police spokeswoman Vinette Tichi said. His relationship to the victims had not been determined, she said.

The victims shot at the King County Courthouse suffered multiple gunshot wounds to the head and chest, said spokesman Larry Zalin at the Harborview Medical Center. Two of them died and the third was in surgery, he said.

Names of the victims were being withheld, Zalin said.

Attorney Margie Baran said the victims included a woman whose husband was seeking an annulment of their marriage. Two friends planning to testify for her also were shot, Baran said.

Baran said her partner, Mimi Castillo, was representing the woman, who had alleged domestic violence. The case had been scheduled for a 9:30 hearing before Judge John Darris in Family Court, she said.

At about that time, officers at the courthouse heard shots and found the armed man in a hallway, Tichi said.

Attorney Lois Edwards, who was on the second floor of the courthouse when the shooting occurred, said a man stood in front of three or four people seated on the bench and fired five or six shots.

At that point, she said, she and her clients ran.

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