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3 dead, 1 injured in Moscow shooting spree

MOSCOW, Idaho - A man shot and killed three people and injured a fourth in Moscow, Idaho on Saturday afternoon.

Police identified the suspect as John Lee, 29, of Moscow. The deceased victims include Moscow businessman David Trail, 76, Arby's restaurant manager Belinda Niebuhr, 47, and the suspect's adoptive mother and Moscow Family Medicine Physician's Assistant Terri Grzebielski, 61. Also injured in the assault was Seattle resident Michael Chin, 39.

Information developed by law enforcement indicates that Lee shot Grzebielski at her residence in the 400 block of Veatch Street in Moscow.

Moscow Police say they received a call at 2:30 p.m. about a shooting at 303 E 3rd St. at Northwestern Mutual. Moscow businessmen David Trail and Michael Chin were shot by the suspect during that encounter and Trail was transported to Pullman Regional Hospital and declared dead. Chin was transported to Gritman Medical Center and is currently listed in critical condition.

A third shooting was reported at the Arby's restaurant at 150 Peterson in Moscow. Police say Lee entered the restaurant and asked for the manager. Lee then produced a weapon and opened fire. Neibuhr was transported to Gritman Medical Center and was declared dead.

A "Be On The Look Out" call was sent to all Whitcom and regional agencies for Lee including his vehicle, described as a black Honda. Pullman agencies observed the vehicle in Pullman, Wash., attempted to stop the vehicle and a pursuit ensued.

Lee rolled his vehicle at milepost 47 on Highway 195 at 3:20 p.m. Lee was taken into custody by Pullman officers assisted by Whitman County Sheriff's deputies and Washington State Patrol troopers. Lee was taken into custody and booked in the Whitman County Jail.

Law enforcement from the City of Moscow, Latah County, Idaho State Police, as well as Washington agencies, are continuing to investigate the incident.


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