Eight Dead In Three-Day Crime Wave
SEATTLE (AP) _ A man found dead Wednesday at a motel had been sought in the slayings of two fellow sailors at a submarine base and had a gun stolen from a pawnshop where a clerk was killed, the Navy said.
The two sailors and the clerk were victims in a deadly three-day crime wave. Five other people died in three other apparently unrelated shootings.
The rash of killings left investigators searching for motives and for an explanation to the sudden jump in Seattle-area homicides.
″I can’t remember ever having this many in a three-day period,″ said Cecil Ray, a police spokesman for King County, which includes Seattle. The county had only one slaying this year before the latest spree.
Navy officials said the sailors were found shot to death Tuesday in the bachelor enlisted quarters at Naval Submarine Base, Bangor, which is about 25 miles west of Seattle on the Hood Canal.
The officials said little about the killings, which occurred at the base for the Navy’s West Coast fleet of Trident submarines.
The shooting at the Bremerton pawnshop about 10 miles from the naval base occurred about a half hour after the sailors’ bodies were found.
The Navy said in a statement late Wednesday that the sailor found dead in a motel room 180 miles south in Vancouver, Wash., apparently died of a self- inflicted gunshot wound.
The man had been sought in the slayings, and was found with the 9mm pistol stolen from the pawnshop, the Havy said. Except for those used by security guards, guns are banned on the base.
The sailor’s name was withheld pending notification of relatives, said Navy spokesman Gene Romano.
The slain sailors were identified as David Allen Parker, 21, of San Diego, and Scott Anthony Seely, 18, of North Ridgeville, Ohio, west of Cleveland.
Parker was a radioman and Seely a fireman on the submarine USS Michigan.
Romano had earlier said the Navy killings were not connected to the pawnshop shooting in which clerk Julie Michaels, 32, was killed and her 35- year-old brother critically wounded.
No money was taken and the only thing believed missing was a handgun, said Bremerton Police Capt. Dennis Plumb, who said police have few leads and no suspects.
The pawnshop shootings brought to eight the number of deaths in shootings in the area during the past three days.
On Monday, two Seattle lawyers were found shot to death in a house they were fixing up just south of the city.
Capt. T. Michael Nault, King County police major crimes commander, said the lawyers were not killed at random and that at least one of the victims might have known the assailant or assailants.
The county medical examiner’s office said the two, Eric A. Hoyer, 34, and Steven M. Dorobis, about 36, were killed sometime Sunday.
″There’s no obvious motive. We’re trying to figure out why and who,″ said Ray, the King County police spokesman.
A Seattle homeowner killed a man and wounded another in a shootout with intruders who broke into his home Sunday, police said. The homeowner was wounded in the hand.
Two brothers were killed, a third brother was injured and a fourth man held for investigation of homicide and assault in a shooting spree Sunday outside an apartment complex in Des Moines, south of Seattle.
Police said they believe the shootings may have been the work of a jealous boyfriend.