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Saturday, March 25, 2006 - Page updated at 01:06 PM


Other mass shootings in Washington

Today's shooting on Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood is the state's worst mass shooting since 1983's Wah Me massacre, where 13 people were slain in a robbery at a Seattle International District gambling parlor. Other recent shootings in Washington state that involved multiple victims include:

  • On July 5, 1998, five young men walked into the cafe on South Yakima Avenue in Tacoma and fired nearly 60 rounds of ammunition, killing five people and injuring five more in what was described as gang-related killings.

  • Two people were killed and three others injured in September 1997 in a drive-by shooting on the West Seattle Bridge. The two were changing a flat tire on their car while parked on the bridge when another car drove past them and one of the motorists opened fire with an assault rifle. The car turned around and more shots, a total of 70, were fired.

  • In 1994, Airman Dean Mellberg, who had been discharged from the military for mental-health reasons, opened fire with a semiautomatic assault rifle at Spokane's Fairchild Air Force Base hospital. Four people were killed and 22 were injured, before Mellberg was shot and killed by a base security officer.

  • Two people were killed and five were wounded in 1994 in an alcohol-free club on Rainier Avenue South in Seattle. Police blamed a gunfight between gangs for the shooting at the club, where the clientele was mostly young and Vietnamese. Several men entered the Cafe 49 and opened fire on 50 to 60 people.

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