Authorities end search for second shooter
Monday, September 3, 2012
ARLINGTON (AP) — Authorities in Washington state have called off their search for a second sniper after looking through a neighborhood and nearby woods where a man suspected of opening fire on a SWAT team and police officers was found dead.
Officers were fired upon Sunday as they responded to reports of a shooting in a driveway. They also found a man with a non-life threatening injury. Officers had called a SWAT team to the scene to assist with the search for a sniper.
Snohomish County Sheriff's spokeswoman Shari Ireton said dozens of investigators from multiple agencies were scouring the area Monday, but have not found a second weapon associated with the shooting.
The large number of shots fired was the main reason why police believed there may have been another gunman.
They are asking the public to tell authorities if their vehicle was shot at any time Sunday in Snohomish County. They have set up a tip line to take those calls at 425-388-3845.
The road where the shooting took place was closed to all but local traffic, but residents were allowed to return to their homes.
Linda Purtteman, who lives nearby, said a neighbor told her someone had opened fire at a SWAT team and that people in the area were urged to stay indoors.
She told The Seattle Times (http://bit.ly/RBQNGm ) that she heard gunshots, but was unfazed by them.
"I have a few neighbors who go shooting a lot out here, so I didn't think anything of it," she said.
Arlington is a quiet, mostly rural community about 50 miles north of Seattle.
Another neighbor, Anneliese Bennett, expressed dismay over the shooting.
"It's sad that somebody does something like this," Bennett told The Daily Herald (http://is.gd/A3AACh ). "What do they have to gain."
Bevileane Berrios of Port Orchard was camping with her family at the Jim Creek recreation area for Labor Day weekend. She found out she and a family member had passed the area at the same time the shooting was taking place.
"We could have been one of the victims. I'm glad he didn't shoot us," Berrios told The Daily Herald.