Smith Tower

UPDATE: 80-year-old suspect in custody after shooting at senior living facility

A shooting in the lobby of a Vancouver, Washington, senior living facility lobby left one person dead and several wounded Thursday afternoon, The Columbian reported. The 80-year-old suspect, a resident of the facility, was taken into custody after an hours-long stand-off with law enforcement.

The Vancouver Fire Department said that one person was killed and two people were taken to a hospital and were in satisfactory condition. Police have not released the name of the suspect or a motive for the shooting, which started early Thursday afternoon.

The suspect fled to his apartment on the 13th floor and communicated with police by phone, eventually agreeing to surrender. Police led him out of the building at about 4:30 p.m. He was wearing a grey T-shirt, plaid pajama pants and a baseball cap.

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The incident took place at Smith Tower, a 15-story with 170 units serving seniors 62 and older. It is owned by Mid-Columbia Manor Inc., a non-profit corporation comprised of local labor unions.

Much of the building was evacuated, although some residents were told to shelter in place.

A man who asked not to be identified told The Columbian he saw the man enter Smith Tower through a side door and that he did the same shortly afterward. The 77-year-old witness said he saw the man in the lobby, holding a handgun and heard gunshots. He said he ran back out the door, fled to a neighboring dress shop and called 911.

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