Police credit hero in Seattle cafe shootingson May 31, 2012 @ 2:32 pm (Updated: 6:17 am - 6/1/12 )
On Thursday, Seattle Police Assistant Chief Nick Metz said that he had the opportunity of reviewing the surveillance video showing the slayings inside Cafe Racer.
"I've never seen anything more horrific, callous, and cold," he said.
Police described what they saw on the video. In the minutes before the attack, Ian Stawicki appeared to be calmly sitting at the bar of the cafe. When someone got up and headed toward the door, he opened fire.
Lawrence, a longtime patron of the cafe, was drinking his morning coffee when he overheard someone 'politely' telling Stawicki that he was no longer welcome at the cafe.
According to Lawrence, the popping of the guns was quieter than he expected, happening when he glanced down at his phone for just a moment.
That was when, according to police Stawicki started shooting people sitting at the bar.
Fighting back by throwing bar stools, Lawrence survived.
"During that time, two or possibly three, people made their escape," Assistant Police Chief Jim Pugel said.
Lawrence said he was defending his friends. "I just threw the frigging stool at him, legs first," he told police. "My brother died in the World Trade Center. I promised myself, 'If something like this ever happened, I would never hide under a table.'"
When he finished shooting, Stawicki put his guns back in his pockets, put his hat on, and walked outside.
While many are calling Lawrence the hero, he said that a wounded cafe employee who was able to call 911 was the "real hero."
Police have said Stawicki used two .45 caliber handguns during the attack. Lawrence told police that Stawicki had looked back at him like he didn't care. "He was on a mission to kill my friends."
From there, witnesses are coming forward to help piece together the puzzle of how Stawicki got from the University District to First Hill, where he would claim his next victim, and take her car.
One woman said that she saw him on 45th, trying to flag down her car.
The SeattlePI.com reports Stawicki took a truck from the Ravenna neighborhood and abandoned it near Town Hall where he encountered Gloria Leonidas.
She had parked her car and was at the receipt machine, paying for her spot. She walked back to the car and was approached by Stawicki.
Witnesses saw a fight, and one called 911. Police said that Stawicki hit Leonidas several times, but she managed to knock the gun from his hand. He picked it up, shot her, jumped in her car and sped off.
The witness who called 911 was on the line with a dispatcher as Stawicki fired the shot, and then gasped and said that he had run over Leonidas.
Stawicki reached out to someone police described as an "old acquaintance" that lived in West Seattle. That person broke off contact with him when he began talking erratically, and described Stawicki's comments as "nonsense."
Despite the rejection, Stawicki headed to West Seattle.
He abandoned Leonidas' car in a no-parking zone. He left one of his guns behind and when one woman tried to warn him that he couldn't park there, he ignored her and walked on.
He roamed in very crowded areas for some time after that. Finally, he was spotted by an officer in plain clothes. As authorities closed in on him, he took his gun and shot himself in the head, dying at Harborview Medical Center later that night.
In all, six people were fatally shot, including Stawicki.
The only survivor of the cafe shooting, Leonard Meuse, was upgraded from critical to serious condition at Harborview Medical Center.
Police say they still do not have a motive for the shooting.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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