SEATTLE - A man is dead and two other people were injured after shots were fired inside a Central District bar that led to a fatal shootout with police.
Seattle police said that at 10:15 p.m. Sunday, a man confronted his ex-girlfriend at the Twilight Exit bar on 25th Avenue and East Cherry Street.
Investigators said the man shot both his 25-year-old girlfriend and a bouncer, a 30-year-old man who tried to intervene.
The two victims were taken to Harborview Medical Center. The woman is in satisfactory condition and the man is in serious condition in the intensive care unit.
There were more than two dozen people inside the bar at the time the gunfire erupted.
As officers prepared to enter the bar, the gunman came out of a side door and opened fire at them, but did not hit any officers, police said.
One officer returned fire and shot the gunman. Medics pronounced the man dead at the scene.
None of the officers were injured.
Police had been concerned about the 25-year-old woman’s child, whose father was the gunman.
“The suspect had said he may have harmed the child that he and the woman had in common. We went to that scene and we were able to force our way into that home. (We) found the child and the child is fine,” said Seattle police Deputy Chief Nick Metz.
The Seattle police department will continue to investigate the incident.
The death was the first shooting death this year.