Murder-suicide: Woman, man shot dead in Redmond parking lot near Microsoft
July 31, 2008 · Updated 10:53 AM
A protection order did not dissuade a man from finding his estranged wife and committing a murder-suicide at the Archstone Redmond Campus Apartments on 156th Avenue Northeast Tuesday morning.
A man fired several shots from a 9-mm handgun, killing the woman in the parking lot of the apartment complex where she was living. He then fired a fatal shot in his head.
The woman, 36, had a temporary protection order against the man, who was also 36 and lived in Kent, according to Jim Bove, Redmond Police public-information officer. Bove said the victims’ names will be released by the King County Medical Examiner’s office. As of the Reporter’s deadline, the Medical Examiner’s had yet to make a positive identification of the bodies, according to Medical Examiner’s office official.
This was the first homocide in Redmond since 2004, according to Bove.
It was shortly after 9 a.m. when the shooting took place in the 4300 block of 156th Avenue Northeast, Bove said.
Bove said the woman, who was living with two roommates, was on her way to work at Microsoft — about two blocks from the apartment complex — when the man approached her in the parking lot. The woman was shot “several times in the torso,” Bove said, before the man fired one shot into his own head. One of the bullets the man fired hit a white sports utility vehicle parked in the parking lot. An unfired bullet was found about 100 feet from the shooting.
“It all happened in a matter of seconds,” said Bove, who added that the man had a .357 magnum in the waistband of his pants during the shooting.
Several 911 calls, including one by the woman’s male roommate, were made after the shots were fired. The area where the shooting occurred was taped off and a white awning was set up to protect the crime scene from rain. The victims were zipped up in body bags near the awning.
Several detectives and a command staff were on the scene interviewing neighbors. A couple of hours after the incident, a black Mercedes-Benz sedan belonging to the man was towed away.
A neighbor who was at work at Microsoft when the shooting occurred got a frantic call from his wife, who was at home when the shots were fired.
“She told me shots had been fired and there were two bodies in the parking lot,” said the neighbor, who declined to be identified. “My wife was pretty shook up.”
The neighbor said the woman who was shot was “going through a messy divorce and was being stalked by her husband.”
“If it was a random act of violence I would be concerned,” the neighbor said. “But this is an isolated incident. It could happen anywhere.”