The shooter was later identified by the medical coroner's office as Ronald W. Ficker. His motive for causing the shooting is unknown.
According to the Seattle Time News, Ficker was seen abandoning his car and then taking a half-mile hike to Clark Elementary School where he started firing shots at pedestrians.
The shooting disrupted a high school football game sending spectators and students searching for a more secure position under the bleachers. Fleeing in terror, people ran for cover as they tried to get out of the line of fire. Amid the people running in panic was a woman named Dawn Hill who experienced the whole episode. "It was so close. It was like you didn't really think it could be gunfire behind you," she exclaimed.
Police did not have the opportunity to negotiate with Ficker before they shot him multiple times after he pointed the weapons at them. After the shooting, the community was amazed to hear that no one was injured or hurt during the whole event. "There were lots of people up there, lots of kids - this could have been a lot worse," said Sgt. John Urquhart of King County's Sheriif's Office.
By Winston Khuu