'My mom has gone crazy;' four dead in West Seattle shooting


by KING 5 News and Associated Press


Posted on September 23, 2010 at 2:19 PM

Updated Friday, Sep 24 at 11:29 AM

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SEATTLE – A woman fatally shot three people and herself at a Seattle home Thursday, injuring another woman who fled into the front yard and told officers: "My mom has gone crazy," police said.

Police responded to a home in the 1400 block of SW Roxbury Street, near 14th Avenue SW, at about 1:30 p.m.

While police were still arriving, a man in his 50s ran into the house. Two more shots were fired and he ran back out.
When officers talked to him, he said that his wife had shot herself.

Assistant Police Chief Jim Pugel said a wounded woman -- who fled the house and is expected to survive -- was able to speak to officers when they arrived.

"All she said was, `My mom has gone crazy,'" Pugel said.

"We did find one person who was wounded outside of a house," said Police Sergeant Sean Whitcomb. "That person told us there was indeed shots being fired. We actually did hear shots being fired while we were present. Multiple officers responded. We entered the house and did discover that there were multiple people inside who had been shot."

When officers entered the house, they found four people dead - two women in their late teens, a man in his 30s and a woman in her 60s. Police believe the 62-year-old woman was the shooter.

The injured woman, 40, was in stable condition at Harborview Medical Center late Thursday.

The Seattle Times spoke to Tony Sun, a member of the family who arrived home shortly after the shootings. He says his grandmother was the shooter. The wounded woman is 40-year-old Thy Luellen. Killed were Thy's husband, Choeun Harm, and two of their daughters, Jennifer Harm, 17, and Melina Harm, 14.

"Grandma just shot them for no reason," Sun told the Times.

Sun said Thy's son, Kevin, 16, grabbed his other sister, Neveah, 6, and ran out of the house.

The King County Medical Examiner has not yet officially identifed the dead.

Police said two handguns were recovered from the house in a lower middle-class neighborhood a block north of southwest Seattle's city limits. No motive for the shootings was known, officers said.

A witness tells KING 5 News that seven or eight people may have been living in the home. A man who said he was a relative of one of the family members said the family had just moved in to the home two weeks ago. He said there hadn't been any problems in the home. The owner of the home said the family was Cambodian.

"The family, they're all great people. I don't know what could have been the start of this tragedy,” said Melinda Jackson, who worked with the surviving victim at Magic Lanes Casino and Bowl in White Center.

Neighbor Lisa Freeman said she heard the shots and came out to investigate.

"(Police) had guns and everything drawn. There was kid over there crying with a shirt over his face and a woman holding a little kid. Another woman walked away and was crying," Freeman said.

Travis Rowland, 53, said he was about a block away waiting to get his truck repaired at an auto shop when he saw a woman run from the house hollering.

As police arrived, Rowland said, a man "busted away from the police officers and ran into the house." Rowland said the man was inside for about 10 to 15 seconds before "there were a couple more shots, pow, pow, pow. At first I didn't know who was shooting. He came back outside."