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Six dead in Washington state shooting rampage: reports

WASHINGTON (AFP) - A shooting spree in Washington state left six dead and two wounded, with the suspected gunman described as mentally disturbed with numerous convictions, local media reported Wednesday.

The victims included a sheriff's deputy, Anne Jackson, 40, in the killings that took place Tuesday in Skagit County in the northwest of the state, Seattle newspapers reported.
The suspect was identified as 28-year-old Isaac Zamora, who was arrested after fleeing police in a high-speed car chase on Interstate 5, according to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.
The suspect's mother, Dennise Zamora, told the paper that her son had a history of mental illness but had refused treatment. Court records reportedly showed numerous misdemeanor convictions for various charges, including drug possession and petty theft.
"We're devastated for everybody," she was quoted as saying. "I'd rather it had been him or me, rather than these dear people."
Her son had been released from jail on August 6 on a drug conviction.
The dead were shot at several locations, including the sheriff's deputy who was responding to a call about a disturbance at a house when she was killed near the town of Alger, said State Patrol Trooper Keith Leary.
Police became concerned about the deputy when she did not respond to calls from the house and reinforcements were sent in, officers said at a news conference in Mount Vernon.
When a backup officer arrived at the house, Jackson was found dead.
"From what we were told, he was just going down the road and shooting at people," Leary said.
A second victim was killed in Alger and two construction workers were shot nearby. Another body was found a few houses away, according to Leary.
A motorist was later shot dead on Interstate 5, as the suspect was fleeing south at speeds of more than 90 miles (145 kilometers) per hour with police in pursuit.
Zamora was forced off the freeway at Mount Vernon and drove to the Skagit County Sheriff's Office, surrendering in a parking lot.
The first shootings were reported after 2 p.m. Tuesday (2100 GMT) and the suspect was in custody about two-and-a-half hours later.
Zamora had been on a county sheriff's office watch list, police said.
A motive for the shootings remained unclear.
"It's going to be some time before we know what happened," Leary told The Seattle Times.
Governor Chris Gregoire called for an independent review into the criminal history and supervision of Zamora, who was under the authority of the Department of Corrections for three weeks, the Post-Intelligencer wrote.

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Suspect arraigned in WA shooting rampage that killed 6

02:04 PM PDT on Wednesday, September 3, 2008


ALGER, Wash. (AP) -- Charges were filed Wednesday against a 28-year-old man accused in a shooting and stabbing rampage that left six people dead and four injured.
Issac Zamora was charged in Skagit County District Court. Bail was set at $5 million.
The State Patrol says the dead included a Skagit County sheriff's deputy and the wounded included a Washington State Patrol trooper shot while trying to chase the shooter down on Interstate 5 Tuesday afternoon.
Zamora, who has a lengthy criminal record was released from the Skagit County Jail in Mount Vernon on Aug. 4 after a drug arrest.

Isaac Zamora

Photos: Shooting scene

A woman who identified herself as the arrested man's mother told KIRO-TV she has tried for years to get mental help for her son. Dennise Zamora told a Seattle TV station: "When they're over 18, you can't make them go anywhere."
The victims were not immediately identified.
The dead were found at multiple crime scenes. They included the deputy shot while responding to a call and a second person killed at the same location near the small town of Alger; two construction workers found shot nearby, and a third body found a few houses away, according to Leary. Leary added that authorities are investigating any connection among those sites
A motorist was shot and killed on Interstate 5 as the suspect fled south.

Oregon connection
The shooting rampage in Washington had an Oregon connection. KGW Newschannel 8 learned one of six people shot and killed near the small town of Alger, North of Seattle had ties in Oregon.
Deputy Anne Jackson was a sheriff's deputy in Skagit County. Authorities confirmed Deputy Jackson had family in living Oregon.

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Deputy Anne Jackson was one of six people killed Tuesday in a shooting rampage in Skagit County.

Authorities sad Deputy Jackson was dispatched to a disturbance call just after two Tuesday afternoon. After dispatch failed to hear from Jackson by radio, dispatchers sent for backup. Deputies found the deputy and a second victim.. dead. Over the next several hours, police found four more people dead and two wounded, including a state trooper.
After a chase, the suspect, 28-year-old Isaac Zamora turned himself in. His mother, Dennise Zamora said her son has a serious mental illness, but was doing fine yesterday morning.
"He was so placid this morning. It was like he was more agreeable that usual...said are you going stretch your legs?"
Zamora's mother also said Deputy Jackson had tried to help the family in the past. She called Jackson "sympathetic and gracious." She also mentioned that Deputy Jackson said her brother was also dealing with something similar to the Zamora family.
Authorities said Zamora was released from jail about a month ago, after he served time on drug charges.
Deputy Jackson died at the age 40.


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Stolen Guns Used in Washington Rampage

Associated Press Writer

Authorities said the man accused of a shooting rampage that left six people dead in northwest Washington stole the guns used in the attacks as well as a pickup truck involved in a high-speed chase.
According to court documents unsealed Wednesday in Skagit County District Court, Isaac Zamora stole a rifle, a handgun and ammunition from a residence near his mother's home in the small town of Alger, about 70 miles north of Seattle.
The Sept. 2 shootings that claimed the life of a Skagit County sheriff's deputy, two Alger area residents and two construction workers, continued as the shooter fled south on Interstate 5, firing at two cars and a Washington State Patrol trooper on the freeway, fatally injuring one driver.
After a high-speed police pursuit, Zamora, 28, surrendered at a sheriff's office in Mount Vernon, about 20 miles south of Alger.
Zamora has been charged with six counts of murder and four counts of assault. He is being held on $5 million bail with his next court appearance set for Oct. 3.
According to court documents, in a police interview after his arrest Zamora refused to discuss his specific actions but said God told him what to do and told him to "kill evil."
"God, why did I do it?" he blurted at one point in the interview.
Zamora's only comment in court when he was charged last Friday was to twice declare: "I kill for God. I listen to God."
Keith Tyne, a public defender appointed to represent Zamora, has said little about the case. After Zamora was charged, Tyne said, "Clearly there are significant mental health issues at play."
According to the documents, the events on Sept. 2 began with a 911 call from Dennise Zamora, the mother of Isaac Zamora, who called police because she was afraid her son was breaking into neighbor's houses, and might get shot doing so. Dennise Zamora has said her son has struggled for years with serious mental illness.
Deputy Anne Jackson, who had responded to a call about Isaac Zamora the day before in the same neighborhood, went to Dennise Zamora's house, according to an affidavit filed by Snohomish County sheriff's Detective Patrick VanderWeyst.
Jackson then went to the Alger home of Chester Rose, who had reported that Zamora had trespassed on his property. The deputy apparently returned fire before dying of multiple gunshot wounds. Her duty weapon was found on the property, VanderWeyst wrote.
Rose also was found dead at the home of multiple gunshot wounds.
The investigation indicates a rifle, a handgun and ammunition were stolen from a nearby house before the shooter confronted Jackson at the Rose residence.
Zamora then stole a Chevrolet pickup truck owned by one of two construction workers who were shot and killed at another nearby house, the court papers alleged.
As he made his way through the neighborhood, Zamora rammed the pickup into the garage door at the home of Fred Binschus, who was shot and wounded in the back, the affidavit said.
Moments later, Binschus' wife, Julie, arrived home.
"Fred heard Julie yelling and screaming and then heard anywhere from 4 to 6 gunshots," VanderWeyst wrote. Julie Binschus died of a gunshot wound.
Another neighbor, Richard Treston, told investigators that as he pulled into his driveway, the pickup driver rammed his vehicle. Both men got out of their vehicles, Zamora told Treston it was his day to die and tried to fire, but his rifle failed, according to court documents. Treston was stabbed in the chest, but survived.
Zamora left the neighborhood in the stolen truck and headed toward I-5, shooting and wounding a motorcyclist as he drove, authorities said.
He also allegedly shot at two moving cars on I-5, barely missing a couple in one vehicle, but killing a 64-year-old man in another. He also is accused of wounding a state trooper, who was shot in the arm.

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Murder charges filed in Wash. officer slaying

Skagit County Sheriff's Deputy Anne Jackson, 40, who with five other people, died on Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2008.
(AP Photo/Mount Vernon Police Department )

By Manuel Valdes
The Associated Press

SEATTLE - Prosecutors filed six murder charges Monday against a 28-year-old man accused of a shooting rampage north of Seattle.
Isaac Zamora faces six counts of aggravated first-degree murder, punishable by either death or life in prison without parole. Skagit County Prosecutor Richard Weyrich has 30 days to decide whether to seek the death penalty.
A sheriff's deputy, two residents, two construction workers and a motorist were killed in the Sept. 2 shooting spree near Alger, about 70 miles north of Seattle. Most of the shootings took place in an isolated neighborhood; prosecutors allege Zamora then headed south on Interstate-5, firing as he went.
Six counts of attempted first-degree murder were also filed, involving four people wounded by gunshots or stabbing and a couple who escaped injury when a bullet shattered two windows of their vehicle on I-5. In all, prosecutors filed 20 charges in Superior Court, including weapons and burglary counts.
Zamora was also charged earlier this month in District Court. His only comment during that court appearance was to twice declare: "I kill for God. I listen to God."
His attorney, Keith Tyne, said at that time "clearly there are significant mental health issues at play." A phone message left for Tyne late Monday was not immediately returned.
According to court documents, in a police interview after his arrest Zamora refused to discuss his specific actions but said God told him what to do.
Copyright 2008 The Associated Press

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You want to know what sad is I never even heard this on the news. Today, to get news coverage, there has to be at least 10 people dead before it reaches the news!!! we have become so desensitized.

God bless Sheriff Jackson and her family
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