Four people – including two Kitsap County sheriff's deputies – have been shot outside the Wal-Mart in Port Orchard. Two people have died; at least one of the deceased is a suspect.
Kitsap County Sheriff's spokesman Scott Wilson says that the two wounded deputies have serious, but not life-threatening, injuries. They are at Tacoma General Hospital.
The incident began around 3:40 p.m. Sunday when the Kitsap County Sheriff's Department received a call about a suspicion person outside the Wal-Mart at 3497 Bethel Road S.E. in Port Orchard.
Wilson said the deputies who first responded attempted to contact the suspect, who then opened fire on them.
A third deputy arrived on the scene and shot the fleeing suspect. The suspect was pronounced dead at the scene.
A second person, a woman, died at Tacoma General Hospital. Wilson said officials are unsure who she is – if she's an innocent bystander or somehow connected to the shooter. Wilson said the woman is possibly in her late teens.
The Wal-Mart was put into lockdown with about 100 people inside. Officials are slowly letting customers out of the store.
Customer Tammy Stevens was among the first released from the building. She said was in the back of the store with her 20-year-old son when she saw a Wal-Mart employee running frantically down an aisle, yelling into a walkie-talkie.
Stevens said she felt "absolute terror."
"We were all very shook up," Stevens said. "I got goose bumps, and I still have them."
Stevens said she did not hear the gunshots but others in the store did, and customers were quickly aware of the violence. She said people from outside the store came running inside as the violence unfolded in the parking lot.
Stevens said she did make her purchases before being released from the Wal-Mart.
Joseph Winney, a service technician in the auto center at Wal-Mart, said he was doing an oil change when all the store's doors were locked.
"I've never been so shaken up in my life," Winney said. "It's not something you encounter every day. It's a scary thing."
Winney said he was released from the store around 6 p.m. He went to his car to call his wife and let her know he was OK.
Trooper Krista D. Hedstrom told KIRO that the Washington State Patrol will investigate the shooting.
The last time a Kitsap County sheriff's deputy was shot in the line of duty was in April 1978. Deputy Dennis Allred stopped to help what he believed to be a stranded driver towing another vehicle. The vehicle turned out to be stolen, and Allred was shot and killed by the suspects.