Police are investigating an apparently random shooting late Tuesday in downtown Olympia that left one person dead.
The shooting occurred on the 200 block of Fifth Avenue Southeast at about 10 p.m. Police say the suspect, a 31-year-old man, shot another man following an argument, then shot and killed himself.
According to witnesses, the argument started on the sidewalk between several people and led to some pushing and shoving. A 59-year-old man, who had been at a nearby coffee shop, came outside to try to stop the fight. The shooter then confronted the man, pulled out a handgun and shot him “several times,” according to police.
The shooter then turned the gun on himself. Police arrived to find him unconscious in the street with an apparent gunshot wound to the head. He later died at Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia.
His name was not immediately released.
The other man left the scene before police arrived. They met him at a local hospital, where he was treated and released for gunshot wounds that were not life-threatening.
Police said Wednesday the shooting so far appears to be random. It is still under investigation.