KELSO, WA (KPTV) - A 31-year-old woman was shot and killed before the gunman turned the weapon on himself outside a convenience store in Kelso on Friday evening, according to police.
At around 8:15 p.m., officers responded to reports of gunshots and a vehicle collision in the 1800 block of Bloyd Street. Witnesses reported both vehicles left the scene before police arrived.
Police said officers were then notified about a second shooting at AM/PM in the 1700 block of Allen Street.
When officers arrived to the convenience store, they found both vehicles described from the initial shooting report and two people dead.
Through witness statements and corroborating evidence, police determined that Scott B Belenski, 60, drove into the AM/PM parking lot moments after Brittany A. Thuney, 31, arrived. Police said Belenski parked his vehicle next to Thuney's vehicle, exited his vehicle and fired a pistol several times into Thuney's vehicle while she was in the driver seat.
Thuney was unable to escape and died at the scene, according to police.
Police said Belenski then walked back to his vehicle and drove to the other side of the parking lot where he shot himself.
According to police, evidence from the first shooting scene revealed Belenski shot more than once at Thuney while she was seated inside her vehicle and she collided with Belenski's vehicle as she was attempting to escape.
Police said Belenski is the biological grandfather of Thuney's 7-year-old child, whom she had moments earlier dropped off with the child's father, who is Belenski's son. Friends told FOX 12 that Thuney and Belenski’s son weren't together anymore.
The child has been returned to Thuney's immediate family, according to police. FOX 12 spoke to a woman who says she was Thuney’s best friend, Kristin Guy.
The case remains under investigation. Police said no further details or a possible motive are being released at this time.
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