Around 11:00am on Thursday, July 24, two Seattle area men were shot multiple times resulting in critical injuries. 46-year-old Bank of America security guard, Bruce Golphenee, approached a 30-year-old patron inside the bank and found himself in a resulting argument. It is unclear what the disagreement was about, but witnesses say that the suspect did not appear to be attempting robbery.
The altercation escalated quickly as the suspect reportedly attacked the security guard. The suspect was able to restrain the guard and retrieved the guard’s firearm. Gun shots rang through out the neighborhood strip mall as Golphenee, long-time veteran security guard, was shot multiple times before the suspect turned the gun on himself. The 30-year-old gunman shot himself multiple times. Once in the head and another in the chest. The chest injury may have been from the initial struggle.
Local barber, George Shaw, heard the shots down the hall from his shop as other witnesses fled the scene. Shaw ran toward the Bank of America.