Shooter near Issaquah school identified

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ISSAQUAH, Wash. (AP) -- The man shot by authorities after opening fire on officers and pedestrians near an Issaquah school was a 51-year-old former real estate broker who lived off the grid on a 2 12-acre property.

The Seattle Times reports (http://bit.ly/pEBRfJ) that authorities still don't know what triggered Ronald Ficker to drive to Issaquah from Maple Valley and brandish a gun last weekend.

The King County Sheriff's Office says Ficker exchanged gunfire with police near Clark Elementary School in Issaquah and died at the scene.

The newspaper reports that people who knew Ficker say he was socially awkward and was prone to paranoid rants about the government.

Acording to court records, Ficker does not have a known criminal history in Washington state.