Sunday, January 11, 2015

Suspect Jailed, Three Dead, One Critically Wounded In Moscow, Idaho Shooting

Posted By on Sun, Jan 11, 2015 at 9:37 AM

University of Idaho officials reacted with "shock and sadness" late Saturday in the shadow of a shooting spree that left three people dead, including two U of I said were "from our Vandal family."

Terri Grzebielski, 61; Belinda Niebuhr, 47; and David Trail, 76, all of Moscow, were killed in the shootings. Investigators say all three knew their alleged killer, 29-year-old John Lee of Moscow, who is being held at the Whitman County Jail. A fourth shooting victim, Michael Chin, 39, of Seattle, Wash., is in critical condition with gunshot wounds to his arm and leg. Police said he did not know Lee. 

The drama erupted at around 2:30 p.m. Saturday when Moscow police were summoned to the offices of Northwestern Mutual Insurance on East Third Street, where they found Chin and Trail. Both were rushed to local hospitals; Trail was pronounced dead on arrival. 

"The shooter came in and immediately started shooting," said Moscow Police Chief David Duke in a Saturday night press conference.

Within minutes, police received a second call of another shooting at an Arby's restaurant on Peterson Drive. The victim was Niebuhr, the Arby's manager.

"The shooter, when he came in, did ask for the manager, and the manager did come out, and that's when she was shot," said Duke. 

A short time later, Moscow police went to the shooter's Veatch Street residence, where they found Grzebielski, his adoptive mother dead from gunshot wounds.

Following up on a description of Lee's vehicle, police in Pullman, Wash., chased the suspect's car at speeds exceeding 100 mph on U.S. Highway 195.  At around 3:20 p.m. Saturday, the suspect's car ran off the road about 10 miles outside of Colfax, Wash. Lee was taken into custody.

Hours later, the U of I sent out its condolences.

"Moscow Family Medicine Physician Assistant Terri Grzebielski was a provider at the U of I Student Health Center for many years where she was highly valued and respected," wrote University of Idaho President Chuck Staben. "David Trail was a Vandal alumnus and longtime U of I supporter. His dedication to the community and to the university will be sorely missed. Our thoughts are with all of the victims' families and friends tonight.
Spokane, North Idaho News

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