Woman dead after stabbing at Seattle Center
SEATTLE -- A woman who was in critical condition following a stabbing at the Seattle Center on Friday evening has died.
Gabrielle Maria Garcia was stabbed several times at the MOD Pizza inside The Armory at Seattle Center, which houses restaurants, the Seattle Children's Museum and hosts plays by the Seattle Shakespeare theater company.
Police said the suspect is in custody and the woman was taken to Harborview Hospital where she later died from her injuries. A second person was taken to Harborview in stable condition. It's unclear how that person was hurt.
The suspect, David Lee Morris, was booked into the King County Jail on for investigation of domestic violence homicide.
As Morris left the building after the stabbing, a bystander with a concealed-carry permit pulled his gun on Morris, according to police. Another witness recorded the confrontation.
"I have a concealed weapons license," said Scott Brown. "(The suspect) was just walking away calmly. I pulled out my firearm and he refused - he kept moving towards me. He said, 'shoot me, shoot me. I killed the only girl I ever loved...I don't have anything left.' Someone maced him. A minute or two later the police arrived.
Brown works at Skillet Seattle Center and came in on his day off to say hi to friends, but he was in the right place at the right time to stop a terrible situation from things from getting worse.
“I got next to him and I pulled out my gun and stepped in front of him," Brown said. "As soon as he saw that I had a firearm, he started trying to convince me to shoot him... and I didn’t want to shoot him.”
Frankie Dean, the man who recorded the confrontation on his cellphone, said the suspect kept saying his girlfriend had taken away his child and begged to be shot dead.
“It was kind of a crazy situation,” Dean said. “He was covered in blood, hands were covered in blood and still had the knife in his hands.”
Brown tried to keep a safe distance with the attacker until another man pepper sprayed the man. Officers arrived moments later and took the suspect into custody near 5th Avenue and Broad Street, close to the Museum of Pop Culture.
Police called the stabbing "domestic violence" and said the woman was with her four-year-old son when she was attacked. Officers believe the suspect is the boy's father. The boy was taken to a nearby police facility and is with Child Protective Services.
Brown's actions earned him praise from his General Manager.
“Just an everyday hero,” said Mike Carter with Skillet.
Brown said that’s why he has a concealed carry permit—to protect himself and the people around him
“Me personally, I never wanted to pull my gun out ever, not on an animal, not on a person,” said Brown. “I carry it for protection.”
Officers recovered the knife believed used in the stabbing at the scene.
Dean said as frightening as it was, his real concern is the future of that 4-year-old boy who had to witness it all.
“I think the worst part about it is the kid. He lost probably both of his parents,” Dean said.