|John Allen Booth Jr./Lewis Count Sheriff|
Authorities in Lewis County, WA are seeking convicted felon John Allen Booth Jr. as a suspect in a triple homicide. The Onalaska resident is believed to have killed 3 and wounded 1 earlier this morning in Salkum, WA.Deputies went to the 100 block of Wings Way in Salkum around 2 a.m. Saturday, answering reports of shots in a residence there. Police reports indicate they found 3 dead on the scene and another victim in critical condition. Local news outlets report the survivor was “airlifted to a secure, undisclosed location where they are listed in critical condition,” indicating fear for the survivor’s safety while John Allen Booth Jr. is on the run. Police say Booth is armed and dangerous. A $1000 reward has been offered for information that might lead to Booth’s arrest. Booth, 31, has spent time in prison for assault convictions, which he was appealing as recently as the fall of 2009. Prior to that Booth was convicted of first degree burglary and second degree assault–in addition to several juvenile convictions, which he once contended had been unfairly used against him once he was an adult. A close reading of the court decision vacating a lower court’s findings against Booth in 2003 indicates he is a criminal of long-standing, having committed the juvenile crimes in question before he turned 15. Booth may be in a blue/teal 1988 Dodge Diplomat, Washington license 550 YFA. He’s the kind of guy you just run from if you see him, calling 911 as you go.