A gunman has killed five people in a shooting spree before turning the gun on himself, authorities in Seattle said today.
The man opened fire in a city cafe, leaving four dead, then killed a woman in an apparent carjacking as he fled.
Gunfire erupted late yesterday morning at Cafe Racer, a restaurant and music venue north of the University of Washington.
Two men died at the scene, and a woman and another man died later in hospital.
A manhunt was launched and units of police officers armed with rifles and shotguns knocked on doors and checked driveways and yards in the neighbourhood of single-family, bungalow-style homes, restaurants and businesses.
Roosevelt High School, Eckstein Middle School and Greenlake Elementary were locked down, according to the school district.
After the second shooting, a pick-up truck the gunman fled in was later found.
Police said later that the suspect had apparently shot himself after being traced in the south west of the city. Police said the man put a gun to his head as officers approached. He died later in hospital.
One man wounded in the cafe shooting remains in hospital. He is in critical but stable condition following surgery earlier in the day.