Canadian authorities identify Peace Arch shooter

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by KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on October 17, 2012 at 4:16 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 17 at 8:04 PM

Canadian authorities on Wednesday identified the man who shot a border guard and himself on Tuesday afternoon as Andrew Michael Crews, age 32.

Authorities did not release the official cause of death for Crews, who shot himself shortly after wounding the female border guard.

Crews lived in North Seattle and worked at Under the Needle Tattoo in Seattle. At one time, he lived in Bremerton.

CBC News identified the guard Crews shot as Lori Bowcock. They report she previously worked for the Ontario Provincial Police, but recently moved to British Columbia to work for the Canada Border Services Agency.

Bowcock was transported to a Vancouver hospital, where she is expected to make a full recovery, said the Canada Border Services Agency.

After wounding the guard, Crews, driving a white Ford Econoline van with Washington license plates, shot and killed himself, said the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

The Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office had investigated a home in Bremerton, where Crews used to live. A man who lives there said the shooter was his friend and that the incident was a terrible tragedy.

A man who identified himself to KING 5 as the suspect’s uncle said the suspect “left a voice message with our youngest sister, his mother, prior to taking his own life. Although he lived in the Puget Sound area for a couple of years, we haven’t had much direct contact.”

The Peace Arch Crossing about 100 miles north of Seattle was closed after the shooting at 2 p.m. Tuesday. Southbound lanes were reopened at 4.p.m Wednesday, but northbound lanes into Canada remained closed until further notice.

Crossings on State Route 543 and State Route 9 remained open.

KING 5's Elisa Hahn and Liza Javier contributed to this report.

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