Gunman threatened to kill ex-wife before Renton-Issaquah shootings

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RENTON, Wash. —

The former wife of the gunman who injured several people during Saturday’s Renton-Issaquah shootings before taking his own life said that he had threatened to kill her and himself.


Tina McKay filed a restraining order with the King County District Court in May because John McKay threatened her.


According to court documents, Tina McKay wrote that her husband was calling her repeatedly, threatening her life and those of her children.  She feared that he wouldn’t stop there. 

 

Police said John McKay drove to Tina McKay’s Renton home.  He shot her boyfriend, pistol-whipped her daughter and her daughter’s boyfriend and then fled the scene. 


John McKay drove nearly six miles to his former mother-in-law’s home near Issaquah and shot her, according to police.

 

Deputies said that all the people that were hurt will survive. 

 

On Saturday evening, officers found John McKay dead inside of  a vehicle in South Seattle with a self-inflicted gunshot wound.


KIRO 7 Eyewitness News reporter Deborah Horne spoke with Scott Cordell, who lives next door to John McKay’s former mother-in-law. 


“She was spending a Saturday afternoon making cookies and the guy came and kicked the door down, kicked her out and shot her. It’s terrible," said Cordell. 


Tina McKay’s neighbor, Adrian Hagan, told KIRO 7 that she had warned her about her ex-husband.  


“She told me about two months ago, that she was scared of her ex-husband. If I ever saw him in the neighborhood, call the police,” said Hagan. “She was scared of him and that he was crazy.”