Four hurt, one critical, in Skyway party shooting

Four hurt, one critical, in Skyway party shooting

Four hurt, one critical, in Skyway party shooting

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by KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on January 1, 2012 at 4:58 PM

Updated Sunday, Jan 1 at 11:17 PM

SEATTLE -- Four people were shot at a house party early Sunday, and one of the suspected gunmen is the person of interest in the deadly shooting of a park ranger later in the day.

The house party shooting happened in the 6200 block of South 117th Place in Skyway just before 3 a.m. on New Year's Day. 

Deputies responded to the residence after receiving a 911 call and discovered three men and one woman had been shot. 

Witnesses told investigators that several people at the party were armed and had a "show-and-tell" with their guns," said Sgt. Cindi West of the King County Sheriff's Office.  There was an argument over a gun, which led to the shootout. 

Many shots were fired.  Detectives could not say how many people were shooting or who started the shooting, West said. 

Three people fled the scene before deputies got there.  Two of those people were located, but authorities said the third suspect was Benjamin Colton Barnes, who is now a person of interest in the shooting is a person of interest in the killing of a park ranger at Mount Rainier National Park.  King County authorities say they were working with Barnes' family to convince him to speak with investigators before the Mount Rainier shooting. 

The Skyway victims, all in their 20s, were transported to Harborview Hospital.  Two were reported to be in critical condition.

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