'We could see this coming,' says shooter's family

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by KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on May 31, 2012 at 7:08 AM

Updated Thursday, May 31 at 5:55 PM

The shooter in Wednesday’s rampage that left five people dead and one critically wounded in Seattle has been identified as 40-year-old Ian L. Stawicki.

The Seattle Times reports Stawicki was described as sometimes being a troublemaker at Café Racer, where five of the victims were shot. He was kicked out two or three times in recent weeks for “snapping” at people.

Stawicki’s family told the Times that he had a history of mental-health problems and was “angry toward everything,” particularly in the past five years.

"It's no surprise to me this happened,” said Andrew Stawicki, Ian’s younger brother. “We could see this coming. Nothing good is going to come with that much anger inside of you."

Andrew said Ian stayed in close contact with his family and they had hoped he would seek treatment or take medications to control his moods.

Stawicki was arrested in February 2008 on a misdemeanor domestic-violence charge in Seattle, but the charge was later dismissed. In 2010, he was charged with fourth-degree assault in Kittitas County, but that case was also dismissed.

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