All visitors evacuated from Rainier; gunman sought

MIKE BAKER Associated Press Published:

MOUNT RAINIER NATIONAL PARK, Wash. (AP) -- About 125 people have been evacuated from the visitors center at Mount Rainier National Park in Washington as authorities search for a gunman suspected of killing a park ranger.

Pierce County Sheriff's spokesman Ed Troyer says the visitors were transferred from the park overnight in groups of vehicles over the span of a few hours.

He says teams looking for the suspect were assessing new tactical plans that they planned to put into place at daylight. About 150 officers converged on the park after ranger Margaret Anderson was shot to death Sunday morning.

Troyer says 24-year-old Benjamin Colton Barnes was a "strong person of interest" in the slaying. He's believed to be well armed and have survivalist skills.

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