Police: Domestic violence homicide claims 5 lives

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FEDERAL WAY, Wash. (AP) — What began as a domestic violence homicide claimed three more lives before officers fatally shot the gunman, the police chief of this south Seattle suburb says.

The 27-year-old gunman fatally shot his live-in girlfriend at an apartment then killed three men, including a neighbor who told others to call 911 and retreated inside his unit before the gunman blasted open the door with a shotgun and opened fire.

Responding officers shot and killed the gunman in a parking lot Sunday night.

“We believe this is a domestic-violence homicide,” Federal Way Police Chief Brian Wilson told a news conference Monday.

Investigators believe the shooter may also have been trying to kill witnesses, Wilson said.

A King County medical examiner’s spokeswoman said Monday that the identities of the dead were not expected to be released until this afternoon.

Police believe the gunman shot his girlfriend in their apartment, then killed the two younger men after he left the unit.

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