6 dead in Seattle shooting spree


by BELO affiliate KING 5 News


Posted on May 31, 2012 at 2:18 PM

Six people are dead following two senseless shootings in Seattle, including the man who sent police on a wild search spree across town as they desperately tried to follow his trail.

A memorial of candles, flowers and tributes grew outside the Cafe Racer Thursday, where police said suspect Ian Stawicki opened fire, killing one woman and three men. After fleeing, police said he targeted a Bellevue woman in a First Hill parking lot, shooting and killing her before stealing her car.

There is one survivor of the shootings still fighting his injuries -- Leonard Meuse, who is a chef at Cafe Racer. Meuse was shot in the jaw and his side, and is in critical but stable condition at Harborview Medical Center.

In an unrelated interview with KING 5 News in 2011, Meuse said gave up a previous career to pursue his dream of being a pastry chef.

The Seattle Times identified the woman who was shot and killed in the parking lot at 8th Avenue and Seneca Street as Gloria Koch Leonidas. A Bellevue mother of two daughters, Leonidas worked in the lighting industry. 

Victims Drew Keriakedes and Joe Albanese died in the shooting at the Ravenna neighborhood coffee shop, the Cafe Racer. Best friends, the two men were described as influential musicians in the community and members of the vaudeville-burlesque band Circus Contraption. Albanese was also a member of the band God's Favorite Beefcake, which just last weekend played at the Seattle Folklife Festival.

The other man and woman who died in the shooting at Cafe Racer have not yet been identified.

Ian Stawicki, 40, was identified by police as the shooter, the man whose vague description everyone in Seattle was looking for Wednesday. Stawicki killed himself hours after the shootings at Cafe Racer and on First Hill played out. Police said he fled to West Seattle in Leonidas' SUV and after realizing he was surrounded by police, Stawicki eventually knelt on sidewalk where he shot himself in the head.

A handwritten note to the victims on the window of Cafe Racer reads, "Please be kind to your neighborhood." The shootings happened during a deadly week in Seattle in which gunfire has now claimed more than half a dozen lives.

KING 5's Lindsay Chamberlain, Natasha Ryan and Jake Whittenberg contributed to this report.