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Police: 'Hero' saved lives in Seattle shootings

Police: 'Hero' saved lives in Seattle cafe shootings by throwing stools at gunman By The Associated Press

SEATTLE (AP) ' Police say a person inside a Seattle cafe where a gunman went on a deadly rampage threw stools at the assailant and saved people's lives.

Four people were slain when Ian Lee Stawicki started shooting Wednesday morning inside Cafe Racer.

At a news conference Thursday, Assistant Police Chief Jim Pugel says a man sitting next to Stawicki was a "hero" because he threw stools at the gunman when he stood up and opened fire. Several people were able to flee the cafe during this time.

The man who confronted Stawicki survived the shootings. Police say Stawicki used two .45 caliber handguns during the attack.

Stawicki killed himself later Wednesday as police closed in on him.

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