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Tourists escorted from Mt. Rainier after shooting

Tourists stranded at Mt. Rainier after shooting begin leaving park under safety escort By The Associated Press

MOUNT RAINIER NATIONAL PARK, Wash. (AP) ' Dozens of tourists who were stranded at Mount Rainier National Park after a ranger was shot to death are starting to leave under a safety escort.

Authorities have been searching the park for the gunman and kept about 125 people at a visitors center for their safety.

But around 12:30 a.m. Monday officers used the cover of darkness to begin evacuating the group.

So far, about a half dozen cars carrying the visitors have left and all are expected to be out by 4 a.m., if not much sooner.

Park ranger Margaret Anderson was shot to death Sunday morning.

Authorities say Benjamin Colton Barnes, a 24-year-old believed to have survivalist skills, is a "strong person of interest."

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