Tragedy in Lake City

Thursday, March 28, 2019

All the incidents took place on Sand Point Way
between NE 123rd and NE 125th

Two people are dead and two others are wounded after a man went on a rampage in the Lake City - Sand Point area Wednesday afternoon around 4pm.

He started by attempting to carjack a vehicle on Sand Point Way and Bartlett Street just a couple of blocks from where Sand Point Way curves into NE 125th and heads west to Lake City Way. He shot the female driver, who is currently in Harborview and expected to recover.

Then he walked into the street and fired through the front window of a Metro bus, hitting the driver in the torso. Amazingly, the driver, Eric Stark, was able to back the bus around to head north away from the gunman, then he radioed for help. Stark is in the hospital.

He approached another passenger vehicle and shot the driver, killing him. He took that car and as police arrived on the scene, he sped down Sand Point Way, hitting another vehicle head on and killing the driver.

The gunman was wounded in the collision but was standing by the vehicle as police approached, then were able to take him into custody. He is currently in the hospital.

Area residents are reflecting on how close they came to the scene and how it could easily have been them. "I was just a few blocks away when it happened," one said.

The incident created a massive traffic back up. "I've never seen so many police cars," one woman said. Many locals were in the back up, as they were heading home to Lake Forest Park and Kenmore.

The gunman and the two victims are all expected to recover.


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