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Authorities in Washington state launched a dragnet for a man considered to be "extremely dangerous" after shootings at multiple locations on the Yakama Reservation left five dead and several arrested.

The Yakama Nation said on Facebook that James Cloud, 35, was sought in connection with the shootings that took place late Saturday around the community of White Swan.

"James is considered armed and extremely dangerous, if you see this subject do not approach him, and call 911," the Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation said.

The killings began late Saturday afternoon when three people were found shot to death on Medicine Valley Road near White Swan. An injured person at the Medicine Valley Road location was taken to an area hospital, but died later Saturday, according to Yakima County Coroner Jim Curtice.

A fifth body was then discovered in a vehicle on Evans Road near the community that had two other injured people inside, Yakima County Sheriff Robert Udell told KAPP-KVEW.

After the deadly shootings, an armed robbery of a vehicle took place further down Evans Road, but no injuries were reported.

The sheriff's office told the Yakima Herald that the shootings and robbery were all connected with the same suspects.

“Five homicide victims in one incident is very unusual, and the primary crime scene was complex,” Yakima County Sheriff Robert Udell said in a statement to the newspaper.

The killing spree and robberies took place within the external boundaries of the Yakama Nation Reservation, and the Yakama Nation Police Department requested additional law enforcement support from the Yakima County Sheriff’s Office and the FBI. The shootings were south of the city of Yakima, which is about two hours southeast of Seattle.

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An update (dated 11June 2019):

YAKIMA, Wash. – The Latest on the killings on the Yakama Indian Reservation in Washington state (all times local [PDT]):
2 p.m.
The Yakima County coroner has released the names of four of the five people who were found shot to death on the Yakama Indian Reservation in Washington state.

The coroner on Tuesday identified the victims as 49-year-old Catherine Eneas; 61-year-old Dennis Overacker; 51-year-old Michelle Starnes; and 36-year-old Thomas Hernandez.


Two people have been arrested in connection with the slayings.
11:30 a.m.
Court records say a homeowner told police that two men linked to the killing of five people on an Indian reservation in Washington state approached his residence and briefly took a child hostage at gunpoint before they were captured later.


Two other people have also been arrested.
Sheriff Robert Udell says some of the victims were known for being involved in illegal drug activities.


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