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Sat Feb 27, 2016, 11:58 AM Feb 2016

Surviving child may hold a key to unraveling deadly shooting in Mason County (Wash.)

[font size="4"]Five people are dead after a shooting and hourslong standoff near Belfair. “It’s a terrible tragedy,” the Mason County sheriff said. A 12-year-old girl was removed from the scene alive.[/font]

BELFAIR, Mason County — Authorities on Saturday likely will release the identities of four people found dead on a rural property near Belfair, along with the name of the man believed to have shot them before shooting himself in front of deputies Friday afternoon.

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.

Authorities learned of the deaths Friday morning when a man called to say that he had shot two children, a woman and another person.

A SWAT team, deputies and police responded to the property, which is on Northeast Horseshoe Drive, a dirt- and stone-packed road in a rural, wooded area northwest of Belfair, southwest of Bremerton. ....................(more)


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