A police officer approaches the front entrance of a Walmart in Port Orchard, Wash. where a Washington state sheriff said a shooting left one person dead and two sheriff's deputies wounded Sunday afternoon, Jan. 23, 2011. (AP Photo/The News Tribune, Drew Perine)
A woman is comforted outside of Walmart in Port Orchard, Wash. where a Washington state sheriff said a shooting left one person dead and two sheriff's deputies wounded Sunday afternoon, Jan. 23, 2011. (AP Photo/The News Tribune, Drew Perine)
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PORT ORCHARD, Wash. - A shootout in front of a Walmart in Washington state left two people dead and two sheriff's deputies wounded Sunday afternoon, a sheriff's spokesman said.
One of the dead was a man who shot at deputies, said Scott Wilson of the Kitsap County Sheriff's Office. The other victim was a young woman who died after she was taken to a Tacoma hospital, he said.
Sheriff's officials said the deputies' wounds weren't expected to be life threatening.
Wilson said details were sketchy, but the sheriff's office received a call about a suspicious person at the store in Port Orchard. He said the man ran and started shooting when three deputies tried to talk to him. The deputies, including the two who were wounded, returned fire.
Witness Victor Meyers told KOMO-TV that the first shot was followed by six more in rapid succession.
"I heard one shot, which I thought was a car backfiring, and then several more reported back, which I knew to be gunfire," Meyers said.
He said he saw a female deputy running toward a victim on the ground before he and other witnesses were hustled from the scene.
The store was immediately locked down, and customers weren't being allowed to leave.
"No one is allowed in or out until further notice by police," customer Mike Lambert told KIRO-TV by phone from inside the store.
Wilson said no other suspects were involved in the incident, which began at about 3:45 p.m. He didn't know whether the woman and the man who were killed knew each other.
Port Orchard is about 15 miles west of Seattle across Puget Sound.