Two men were killed and two others were injured on Wednesday after a man accidentally opened fire on cars and a metro bus in a quarter of Seattle before crashing a stolen vehicle into another car.
A man was killed shot and another killed in a car wreck with the suspect's stolen car, police said in Seattle. Two other surviving guns, including the driver of a metros bus, were called a hero to drive away from the chaotic scene despite his wounds.
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"We believe it is a random, pointless act," said Deputy Chief of Police Marc Garth Green to journalists. "We are upset about what this suspect did."
"We believe it is a random, meaningless act. We are upset about what this suspect did."
He then went to a metro bus, opened fire and beat the driver, Eric Stark. Despite the wound on his torso, Stark managed to back the bus out of danger and drive to safety before he hit an alarm, the Seattle Times reported. The 12 bus passengers were rude.
Stark would later be praised by city officials who said the driver "acted heroically in the face of extreme adversity to protect his passengers."
Meanwhile, the gunman continued his attack and approached another motorist and opening fire and killed a 50-year-old man before fleeing the victim's vehicle just as police arrived. Police pursued suspects for three blocks before colliding with another car, killing the 70-year-old male driver, the Seattle Times reported.
The 33-year-old suspect was taken to jail after a brief departure.
The suspect, Stark and the 53-year-old female driver were all taken to hospital and were in satisfactory condition from Wednesday night, according to the paper. The names of the two killed men were not released.
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John Barrett, who was resident in the Seattle neighborhood, told KOMO-TV that he had worked inside his garage when heard what sounded like firecrackers. He said when he went outside he saw a man pointing at a gun at people.
"He went down the Sand Point Way, which just fired on something, just without regard, just kept shooting," Barrett said. He quickly went back in and told his partner to call the police.
Barrett told the Seattle Times that he went back outside and saw that the gun shoots the male driver in the face and worried about being shot and jumping into bushes for cover. When the suspect had gone, Barrett went to investigate the male driver and help the female driver who had been shot.
"There was so much blood," Barrett said.
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Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan and other city officials said on Wednesday night they care for the loved ones of the killed men and promised to support the two people who were injured .
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"We take care of the loved ones of those who were taken, and we extend the good wishes and support of our cities to those who were wounded," says a statement by Durkan. "I am incredibly grateful to the King County Metro driver who acted to save lives."
The Associated Press contributed to this report.