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Investigation continues into shooting at Auburn tavern that killed three, injured one

Post by Stacia Glenn / The News Tribune on April 1, 2013 at 1:43 pm with No Comments »
April 1, 2013 2:03 pm
Credit: Dianne McGinness
Credit: Dianne McGinness

A shooting outside an Auburn sports bar that killed three men and critically wounded a fourth happened so fast that the crowd of people surrounding them didn’t know trouble was brewing until gunshots rang out.

Police believe that is one reason why the 100 or so witnesses tell different stories about what unfolded as The Sports Page tavern shut down around 2 a.m. Sunday morning.

“This wasn’t something that lasted a long time,” Cmdr. Mike Hirman said. “Men got involved and guns came out.”

The incident stemmed from a dispute between two women at the bar when one of them danced with a man. As an argument between the women escalated, men from both camps got involved.

No shooters have been identified but a man linked to the shooting was arrested on unrelated weapons charges. He is scheduled to appear in court this afternoon.

It’s unknown how many people fired guns but police believe it was 2 to 4. Detectives are still trying to sort out what led up the shooting.

“We are currently trying to solidify what the dispute was and are placing victims and suspects in terms of a crime scene,” Hirman said. “With so many people, we’re getting so many different stories. We want to make sure we get the story correct.”

Police are interviewing witnesses and recovered “many” shell casings from different guns from the parking lot of the tavern at 2802 Auburn Way N., Hirman said.

Some handguns were collected from the scene. Police also impounded seven vehicles in the search for evidence. Two cars seen leaving The Sports Page after the shooting were stopped in Federal Way and Kent, one of which was riddled with bullet holes; four were seized from the bar; a vehicle used to drive the surviving victim to Auburn Regional Medical Center was impounded at the hospital.

The surviving victim remains in serious but stable condition at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, where he was transferred. The King County Medical Examiner’s Office has not identified the three men killed in the shooting.

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