Meadowdale Middle students caught in Seattle Schools lockdown
Meadowdale Middle School students found themselves in the middle of a Roosevelt High School lockdown in Seattle Wednesday following the shooting of five people at a nearby cafe and a resulting police manhunt that made the national news.
According to Edmonds School District spokeswoman DJ Jakala, about 100 Meadowdale middleschoolers were among a group of students from other districts who were attending a play at the North Seattle high school Wednesday morning. When word came that police were seeking a suspect who had fled on foot after shooting five people at a cafe less than a mile from the high school, the visiting students were safely locked inside the school along with the Roosevelt students.
The Edmonds-area students were allowed to leave Roosevelt and safely return to their school, Jakala said, arriving at Meadowdale at 2:25 p.m. in time “to get their backpacks from the choir room and get on their buses home.”
Seattle police later found the alleged shooter, who is also suspected of killing a woman in downtown Seattle and stealing her car, in West Seattle, where he shot himself in the head. Two of the people he allegedly shot at Cafe Racer, located at 5828 Roosevelt Way, died at the scene while two more victims died after they were taken to Harborview Medical Center.