Shooting in Rural Washington Leaves 5 Dead, Including Gunman

The gunman shot himself after a standoff with the police, Mason County officials said.

Mason County Sheriff's Office

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A gunman shot and killed four people at a house in rural western Washington state on Friday before he turned the gun on himself, Mason County officials have confirmed

The incident in Belfair, Washington, started Friday morning, when authorities received a call from a man who said he had shot four people. A SWAT team responded to the house, where authorities attempted to negotiate with the suspected gunman for several hours.

Mason County Sheriff Casey Salisbury told reporters that the gunman stepped out of the house and shot himself in front of deputies. “It’s a terrible tragedy,” Salisbury told the Seattle Times.

According to the Associated Press, a girl who survived has been taken to the hospital for an evaluation.

This is a breaking news post. We will update as more information becomes available.

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