Mass Shooting In Washington State Ends With 5 Dead

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Within hours of the Kansas shooting that ended with four people dead and 14 wounded, a man in Washington State gunned down four people in his home. The local sheriff’s office is calling the mass shooting a “family-domestic situation.”

The shooting occurred on Thursday or Friday, and ended with the unnamed gunman killing himself. A neighbor says he heard multiple rounds of gunshots on Thursday night. But on Friday morning, the shooter called a sergeant’s cell phone, admitted that he killed four people, and requested that authorities come to his house. When law enforcement, including a SWAT team, arrived, they negotiated with the man for several hours before he committed suicide.

During the negotiations, deputies were able to save a 12-year-old girl believed to be the man’s daughter. The victims haven’t been named, but local news outlets have reported that the man may have shot his wife and two of his other children.

Friends of the gunman told police that they visited the shooter on Thursday night. At the time, he was upset about an incident with his former colleague. That colleague told reporters that the gunman threatened him with a pistol, saying he could kill and bury him.

Altogether, there have been 50 mass shootings in 2016. And a similar shooting occurred in Phoenix earlier this week. There, a 26-year-old man shot and killed his parents and two siblings.