Armed man near school fatally shot by police

The 51-year-old man stopped his car in the middle of a street shortly before midday and began shooting


Associated Press

ISSAQUAH, Wash. — A man armed with two guns repeatedly opened fire near a high school where students were attending games Saturday, sending children and their parents running for cover under the bleachers before police arrived and killed him, authorities said.

Witnesses said the 51-year-old man stopped his car in the middle of a street shortly before midday and began shooting, then walked toward the nearby Clark Elementary School, occasionally stopping to fire some more.

Officers cornered him and had no choice but to shoot because he refused to drop his weapons, King County Sheriff's Office spokesman John Urquhart said. No one else was hurt.

"There were lots of people up there, lots of kids — this could have been a lot worse," Urquhart told KOMO-TV. "We don't know where he was going or why he was going there. We never had a chance to negotiate with him, talk to him. He was shooting, and the officers shot back."

Police ran onto the football field at nearby Issaquah High School and hustled about 120 students and fans to a safer position beneath the bleachers, witnesses said.

Witnesses said they heard about 20 shots fired, but police have not confirmed that number.

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