Three people were shot to death in incidents at two separate New Year's Eve parties in Washington state. Police have a suspect in custody in connection with the shooting death of a man near Concrete, in Washington's Skagit County, according to Q13 Fox News.
And two people were killed after gunfire broke out after two guests were told to leave a a New Year's celebration near Renton, Washington, the Seattle Times reported.
The Skagit County shooting took place early Thursday morning, leaving a 47-year-old man dead. Skagit County sheriff's deputies responded to a report of a shooting at about 4:15 a.m. Wednesday, after which they arrested a 30-year-old man, who was taken to Skagit County Jail “for investigation of 2nd degree murder” in connection with the victim's death, Q13 Fox News reported. None of the men's names have been released by officials, who are still investigating the incident.
The Renton shooting went down at about 3:30 a.m. Thursday after two guests left the shindig and started firing outside the home where a 20- to 25-person party was underway, according to the Seattle Times. Other party attendees shot back at the first two individuals, and two adult men were killed and another injured in the melee, which had resulted in no arrests as of 10 a.m. Thursday morning, the paper reported. King County Sheriff’s Sgt. D. B. Gates told the Seattle Times that alcohol was potentially a factor in the violence and that an investigation is ongoing.
The New Year's Eve 2015 celebration was marred by tragedy in Shanghai, China as well, when 36 people were killed and 47 were injured in a stampede during crowded festivities along the city's iconic Bund riverfront promenade, the Associated Press reported.