Four Killed In “Mass Murder/Suicide” In White Center Thursday

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Seattle Police are calling it a “mass murder/suicide” – on Thursday (Sept. 23rd) at around 1:31pm, officers responded to 911 calls of shots fired in the 9400 block of 14th Avenue SW (see map below) in White Center. Four people were found dead, and it’s believed that one of them was the shooter.

According to police:

Officers arriving on scene contacted a female in her 30?s in the 1400 block of SW Roxbury Street who had been shot. Officers could hear that shots were still being fired. As officers were arriving at the suspect residence a man in his 50?s ran into the house in question. At least two more shots were fired and the man ran back outside. Officers contacted him and he told officers that his wife had shot herself.

Officers entered the house and located four deceased persons: two women in their late teens, a man in his 30?s, and a woman in her 50?s (the woman in her 50?s is believed to be the shooter). SFD medics responded to the scene but were unable to revive any of the gunshot victims. The female gunshot victim located on the street was transported to Harborview Medical Center with life-threatening injuries.

There are no suspects outstanding and no officers were injured. Two handguns have been recovered. There is no known motive for the killings. Homicide and CSI detectives responded to the scene and continue to actively investigate.

This information is preliminary and subject to change as the investigation unfolds.


Four people have been killed in what appears to be a multiple murder-suicide in White Center around 1:30pm Thursday afternoon.

A fifth person was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle with non life-threatening injuries.

According to KING5, police responded to a home in the 9000 block of 14th Avenue SW, near Roxbury. When officers arrived on the scene they found one wounded person outside the home and heard gunshots from inside the home.

Here’s a video report from KING5:

Here’s raw video of the scene:

Here’s video from Friday’s Seattle Police Department briefing:

Here’s an audio recording of Seattle Police and dispatchers communicating during Thursday’s response:


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