Manhunt Iraq Rainier
January 2, 2012 by staff
Manhunt Iraq Rainier, The suspected gunman is said to have run through creeks to shake off trackers, Police are scouring a national park in Washington state for an Iraq war veteran wanted in connection with the killing of a ranger.
Mount Rainier National Park was been closed since Margaret Anderson, 34, was shot dead while trying to stop a vehicle on Sunday morning.
The suspected gunman, Benjamin Colton Barnes, 24, has also been linked to an earlier shooting at a New Year’s party.
The US Marine is reported to have post-traumatic stress disorder.
Police said they had recovered his vehicle, which had weapons, body armour and survivalist gear inside.
The gunman sped past a park checkpoint that was monitoring if vehicles had tyre chains, sometimes required in snowy conditions.
‘Argument over weapon’
As one ranger gave chase, mother-of-two Mrs Anderson blocked the road with her vehicle to stop the driver.
Both of them were fired on, but only Mrs Anderson, who was married to another ranger, was hit.
Margaret Anderson was married and has two young children
Response teams could not reach the wounded officer for nearly an hour-and-a-half because the gunman continued to shoot, the Seattle Times newspaper quotes officials as saying.
Police said Mr Barnes was already wanted for questioning over an early-morning shooting at a party in Skyway, just south of Seattle, which left four people injured, two critically.
Witnesses said a number of revellers at the gathering had been armed and that gunfire broke out following an argument over a weapon.
The national park shooting happened as hikers and climbers enjoyed the wooded trails and views of the 14,410 ft (4,392m) Mount Rainier on an unseasonably mild New Year’s holiday.
The park was immediately closed, and about 125 visitors were moved into a visitors’ centre before being evacuated under cover of darkness on Monday morning.
One visitor, Dinh Jackson of Olympia, Washington, told the Associated Press news agency that officials had ordered everyone to kneel and place their hands behind their heads as they searched the crowd to check the suspect was not among them.
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