Washington state shooting leaves five dead, including gunman
Feb 29 2016
SEATTLE- A coroner in Washington state on Saturday released the identity of a gunman and three of his four victims in what authorities described as a mass shooting and suicide.
Five people are dead, including a gunman, after a shooting in rural Washington State Friday, according to the Mason County Sheriff's Office. The wife had two teenage sons who were adopted from Russian Federation during a previous marriage.
Investigators will be conducting interviews and reviewing evidence into the weekend to piece together what happened, Mason County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Ryan Spurling said.
Neighbor Jack Pigott, 79, said he heard "four or five rounds and then a pause, and then another four or five rounds and a pause and then a couple more rounds".
Campbell ran a business called Campbell Family Heating and Air Conditioning, according to state records, while Carlson - who also went by Lana Jane Campbell - had registered a business called Crispy Edges.
Mason County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Ryan Spurling said the gunman called a deputy's cellphone, not 911, to report the deaths. Mason County Coroner Wes Stockwell released the identities of three of them Saturday: Campbell's wife of six years, Lana J. Carlson, 49, and her sons, Quinn and Tory Carlson, who were 16 and 18, respectively.
Campbell "apparently came outside the home and shot himself", Sheriff Casey Salisbury said.
After Campbell shot himself, officers entered and searched the various structures on the property, which weren't clearly visible from the road.
It was common for the family to do shooting practice, Pigott said, and that's what he thought of when he heard the gunfire.
They tried to negotiate with the shooter for about 3 hours, then gave up and called the SWAT team who bursts into the home and found bodies littered all over the home.
Spurling said the victims were found in one of about 11 outlying buildings on the property.
Authorities say one child has been taken to the hospital from a home in rural western Washington where they are negotiating with a gunman who says he shot four people.
"It's a horrific tragedy for people we may not even know about yet", said Salisbury.
A 17-year-old will go to jail for shooting and killing his 13-year-old friend last October on the Joint Base Lewis-McChord property. She is a relative of the gunman, Spurling said, but he could not confirm if she was the man's daughter.
"I can't believe this happened", she said.
"He was a really good kid, hardest working kid I've ever known", says Johnstad. The girl was not shot, but it was unknown if she had other injuries. "I'm kind of surprised this happened up here in my paradise".