Three Killed in Apparent Murder-Suicide in Seattle, Police Say

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A grandfather in his 60s appears to have killed his daughter and teenage granddaughter before taking his own life in an apparent murder-suicide in Seattle, police said late Monday. A 10-year-old boy who called for help was able to escape the violence uninjured, but "obviously shaken up," Seattle Assistant Police Chief Nicholas Metz told reporters.

“It appears at this point that both females were shot by the adult male, the elderly male, and then the elderly man took his own life with a firearm,” Metz said. All the victims were pronounced dead inside a house on the 6300 block of S. Fountain Street shortly after the shootings around 8:15 p.m. PT.

The boy was left in the care of extended family who arrived at the crime scene. No motive was immediately clear, Metz said.

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray attended a brief news conference Monday night. "Three citizens of the city are dead. It involves guns. It probably involves domestic violence. It's a scene any mayor of any major city would be at," Murray said.


—Richie Duchon