Father shot dead after listing ring on Craigslist

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People console each other at the shooting scene late Wednesday.
EDGEWOOD, Wash. -- A man was fatally shot during a robbery at his home on Wednesday night, and the intruders are still on the run.

The Pierce County Medical Examiner's Office identified the victim as 43-year-old James Sanders.

Sheriff spokesman Ed Troyer said the incident took place at a home in the 3600 block of 106th Ave. Ct. East. Sanders, his wife and their two sons were home at the time.

Troyer said homeowner had listed an expensive ring for sale on Craigslist, and was expecting a potential buyer to stop by the home to take a look around 9:30 p.m.

Three men and a woman arrived, "flashed cash" at the door, and the "homeowners let them in to buy a ring," Troyer said.

But once inside the home, at least one of them pulled out a gun, according to Troyer.

Detectives are still trying to sort out exactly what hapened next, but the gunman opened fire and shot Sanders multiple times, investigators said, and the victim's 14-year-old son was pistol-whipped on the head. The robbers also tied up the boy's mother.

Investigators say Sanders may have been shot while trying to protect his son, who had jumped on one of the robbers.

The robbers ransacked the home and drove off before deputies arrived.

Sanders died at the scene. His son was taken to an area hospital to be checked out, and the boy's mother and younger brother were not injured.

A description of the robbers was not available.

"All we do know at this point is that they had phone contact with the family earlier, because the family was trying to sell an expensive ring," Troyer said.

Police in Lake Stevens, Wash. said they are investigating a similar robbery that occurred Sunday night.

Investigators said in that incident, two men arrived at a home in the 1200 block of 84th Ave. SE after responding to an ad on Craigslist selling a flat screen TV.

The two men were armed with guns and tied up the family before letting other accomplices inside. The group ransacked the house, making off with jewelry, electronics and cash.

Police said the victims in Lake Stevens appear to have been targeted solely because of the Craigslist advertisement.

Investigators do not yet know if the two robberies are related, but Lake Stevens police said they are working closely with detectives in Pierce County.