Federal Way community comes together in wake of deadly shooting

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by Heather Graf / KING 5

NWCN.com

Posted on April 24, 2013 at 10:32 PM

The Federal Way community is coming together, as the city copes with its deadliest shooting on record.  Dennis Clark III took four lives on Sunday, before he was eventually shot and killed by police.

Wednesday night, dozens packed Federal Way City Hall, for a meeting aimed at mending broken hearts.

"These unimaginable, criminal acts by one individual could've happened anywhere, but they happened here," Police Chief Brian Wilson told the crowd.  "My sincere condolences, thoughts, and prayers are with all of you."

Among the crowd at that community meeting were people who live at the Pinewood Village Apartments, law enforcement officers who responded to the scene, city leaders, and family members of the victims.

"Police came to us last night and told us that he was one of the people that died," said Angela Calicurcho.

She says her step-brother, 42-year-old Bradley Fisher, was the fourth victim still unidentified by authorities.

Brad, as she called him, was homeless and likely visiting a friend when he came face to face with the shooter in the parking lot of the apartment complex.

Police called Fisher a hero.  His family couldn't agree more.

"It sounds like he was a hero," said Calicurcho.  "It sounds like he deflected the gunman from hurting anyone else, he tried to get his attention.  I think he was a hero."

Mayor Skip Priest promised everyone in the crowd that they aren't alone as they grieve.

"The world is full of suffering, but it is also full of overcoming it," he said.  "Today, tonight, we begin that overcoming."

After a brief update from law enforcement, the media and other members of the public were asked to leave the room.

Then, a chaplain came in for a private meeting with those directly affected by the shooting.
 

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