Six people are dead following two senseless shootings in Seattle, including the man who sent police on a wild search spree across town as they desperately tried to follow his trail.
A memorial of candles, flowers and tributes grew outside the Cafe Racer Thursday, where police said suspect Ian Stawicki opened fire, killing one woman and three men. After fleeing, police said he targeted a Bellevue woman in a First Hill parking lot, shooting and killing her before stealing her car.
There is one survivor of the shootings still fighting his injuries -- Leonard Meuse, who is a chef at Cafe Racer. Meuse was shot in the jaw and his side, and is in critical but stable condition at Harborview Medical Center.
He has a long road to recovery but he has a road to recovery, so that's good, said Leonard's father, Randy.
Leonard is expected to recover following an estimated two-week stay in the hospital, but Randy also spoke about what may happen when his son learns of the tragedy that spared his life.
It's going to be mind-boggling for him knowing so many of his friends died, he said.
In an unrelated interview with KING 5 News in 2011, Meuse said he gave up a previous career to pursue his dream of being a pastry chef.
Victims Drew Keriakedes and Joe Albanese died inside the Ravenna neighborhood coffee shop when they were gunned down. Best friends, the two men had played together in the vaudeville-burlesque band Circus Contraption.
Both described as influential musicians in the community, Albanese was also a member of the band God's Favorite Beefcake, which just last weekend played at the Seattle Folklife Festival.
Albanese's wife, Kelly, described both men as beyond talented.
They put all of their passion, everything they were, all their personality and everything into their music, she said. I feel numb. I can't comprehend it. He was so full of life, they all were.
A Georgia newspaper identified the woman who was shot to death in the cafe as Kimberly Lynn Layfield, a former native of the town of Albany.
A handwritten note on the window of Cafe Racer reads, Kim! You were always my best friend and now that you are gone know in your eternal soul I will always love you...
The third man killed has been identified as Don Largen, a 57-year-old professional consultant who loved to play at the cafe.
The Seattle Times identified the woman who was shot and killed in the parking lot at 8th Avenue and Seneca Street as Gloria Koch Leonidas. A Bellevue mother of two daughters, Leonidas worked in the lighting industry. A colleague issued the following statement:
We are deeply saddened by yesterday's tragedy in Seattle. Gloria was a wonderful person and her loss will be felt far and wide amongst the lighting and design community. Gloria was a longtime board member on the Puget Sound Section of the Illuminating Engineering Society, (IES). She will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with Gloria's family.
The handwritten note on the Cafe Racer window goes on to read, Please be kind to your neighbors. The shootings happened during a deadly week in Seattle in which gunfire has now claimed more than half a dozen lives.
Ian Stawicki, 40, was identified by police as the shooter, the man whose vague description everyone in Seattle was looking for Wednesday. Stawicki killed himself hours after the shootings at Cafe Racer and on First Hill played out. Police said he fled to West Seattle in Leonidas' SUV and after realizing he was surrounded by police, Stawicki eventually knelt on sidewalk where he shot himself in the head.
A KING 5 News viewer took a video of a musical tribute held outside Cafe Racer Wednesday night and posted it on YouTube:
KING 5's Lindsay Chamberlain, Natasha Ryan and Jake Whittenberg contributed to this report.