Five people were dead, including a suspected gunman, following a shooting and standoff with police at a home in Washington state on Friday, but a 12-year-old girl safely escaped, Mason County authorities said. Circumstances of the gun violence were not immediately clear. But the suspect “apparently came outside the home and shot himself,” Mason County Sheriff Casey Salisbury told the Seattle Times. “It's a terrible tragedy.” The newspaper quoted Mason County Sheriff Deputy Chief Ryan Spurling as saying that a man called law enforcement on Friday morning and reported that he shot two children, a woman and another person.
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