VANCOUVER, WA (KPTV) – Two people died after a shooting at a Vancouver elementary school Tuesday involving a man out of jail on bail.
Keland Hill, 38, shot two people in a car in the parking lot of Sarah J. Anderson Elementary School around Tuesday afternoon, according to law enforcement. There were three kids inside the car at the time of the shooting, the Clark County Sheriff’s Office says. The kids were not hurt.
The shooting victims were rushed to an area hospital, where one was pronounced dead due to gunshot wounds, the sheriff’s office says. The second victim suffered non-life-threatening injuries.
Hill after the shooting led deputies on a short pursuit. He eventually stopped his vehicle at Northeast Padden Parkway and Andresen Road and shot himself in the head, according to the sheriff’s office.
Investigators said the shooting involved an ongoing domestic violence situation with a restraining order between Hill and the victim who died. Hill was recently released from jail on bail pending a court hearing.
Court records show a woman filed a restraining order against Hill in October, saying, "I fear for my life. He continues to violate the no contact order and I know he is getting angrier."
The woman who filed the restraining order wrote that Hill was violent toward her and at one point threw her against a wall. In another instance, court documents state the woman believed Hill was tracking her, so deputies checked her car and found a GPS tracking device.
When deputies approached Hill after the device was found, court documents state he quickly pulled out his phone and deleted an app. He was subsequently arrested.
Stephanie Barr, the director of services and mission impact with YWCA Clark County, said there are resources available for domestic violence victims, but situations like this are sadly not uncommon.
"I've been doing this work for 17 years and unfortunately this is not the first loss that we've experienced and it won't be the last loss," Barr said. "And it's always heartbreaking and infuriating."
A Vancouver Public Schools spokesperson said no students or staff members were injured in the shooting.
Roads were closed in the area and traffic on southbound I-205 was blocked and delayed due to the police activity.
The Clark County Major Crimes Team continues to investigate.
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