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Police: College student disarmed Seattle gunman


SEATTLE (AP) - A lone gunman armed with a shotgun opened fire Thursday in a building at a small Seattle university, killing one person before he was subdued by a student as he tried to reload, police said.

Police say the student building monitor at Seattle Pacific University disarmed the gunman and several other students held him until police arrived at the Otto Miller building.

A man in his 20s died and a critically injured 20-year-old woman was taken to surgery, Harborview Medical Center spokeswoman Susan Gregg said.

A 24-year-old man and a 22-year-old man were in satisfactory condition. None of the victims was immediately identified.

1 Dead, Others Injured In Seattle School Shooting

About 4,270 students attend the private Christian university, which was founded in 1891 by the Free Methodist Church of North America. Its 40-acre campus is in a residential neighborhood about 10 minutes from downtown Seattle.

Jillian Smith was taking a math test on the second-floor of Otto Miller Hall when a lockdown was ordered.

She heard police yelling and banging on doors in the hallway. The professor locked the classroom door, and the 20 or so students sat on the ground, lining up at the front of the classroom.

"We were pretty much freaking out," said Smith, 20, a sophomore. "People were texting family and friends, making sure everyone was OK."

Smith said they sat in the classroom for about 45 minutes, before police came and escorted them out of the building. On the way, they passed the lobby where she saw bullet casings and what appeared to be blood in the lobby carpet and splatter on the wall.

"Seeing blood made it real," Smith said. "I didn't think something like this would happen at our school," she added.

The incident follows a spate of recent shootings on or near college campuses.

Last month, according to police, Elliot Rodger killed six people and injured seven before turning his gun on himself in a rampage in Isla Vista, California, near two universities.

Seven people were killed and three injured when a 43-year-old former student opened fire at a tiny Christian school, Oikos University, in Oakland, California, in 2012. A gunman killed five people and injured 18 when he opened fire in a Northern Illinois University lecture hall in 2008.

In 2007, 32 people were fatally shot in a dorm and classroom at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia before the gunman, Seung-Hui Cho, killed himself.

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nluvwlif0344 June 05 2014 at 8:08 PM

I have 3 words for you all to hear loud and clear. It would have stopped this shooting, the recent shootings at UCSB, the Sandy Hook shootings, all "rampage" shootings could be stopped with these 3 little words: ONE ARMED CITIZEN!!! It's time for ALL of us to learn the proper handling and use of a gun! My college student knows how and when to use his guns and has since he was young. Want these shootings to stop? Say it with me now...ONE ARMED CITIZEN!

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jhl2352 June 05 2014 at 7:58 PM

You people do realize that most of these mass shootings are done by white kids--or soldiers---and they are done wherever and whenever the shooters choose.

You think they care about gun free zones? They shoot Senators out in the open air. They walk into campuses and barracks. And, of course, most are mentally ill.

But they all have one thing in common. Guns. The NRA has done it's job. Made the gun manufacture's rich and the gun shop owners pretty wealthy.

And people here and all over the country actually suggest that more guns is the answer.

Proves just one thing. Americans are not the most intelligent species. Not when they doom themselves to extinction.

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Epratt2905 June 05 2014 at 7:46 PM

Bring prayer back in the schools. The threw God out and brought Satan in. Too bad the majority can't rule. One criminal shoul not be abe to rule us.

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jlaprime June 05 2014 at 7:42 PM

Another "gun free zone"?

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harmonnewton June 05 2014 at 8:02 PM

It really doesn't matter if it's the village idiot, gangbanger, people who live in fear of an armageddon they will most likely cause or the narcissistic bullies who are allowed to carry guns in public places. The respect for life has been lost for years. How very sad for the victims, their families, their friends and how sad for all of us.

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gary June 05 2014 at 8:05 PM

This is the road the enemy takes to disarm a nation, so that
tyranny cannot be resisted. He encourages the insanity that lives
in the sickest of minds.
Will a nation of rebels, whose roots are grounded in opposition
to tyranny accede? I pray no......but I know war is coming:(

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bigred8690 June 05 2014 at 7:48 PM

Some of these campus shootings are done by gangbangers spilling over onto college campuses. They don't know what a gun-free zone is. The monsters who want to rack up a body count do know what a gun-free zone is, and that is where they go.

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chublkr June 05 2014 at 7:53 PM

Yep, it happened at a Christian University. I guess they didn't "pray" there?

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wllmpartridge June 05 2014 at 7:45 PM

More guns. More guns. More guns. More guns. More guns. More guns. That´s what we need. More guns!

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Richard June 05 2014 at 9:05 PM

Well, if the NRA gets his way, the next murderer won't have to reload, and you'll be able to buy a military machine gun in Walmart!

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riverhosed Richard June 05 2014 at 9:08 PM

Outstanding, sign me up for 2 feces bird.

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johnny18350 Richard June 05 2014 at 9:10 PM

You do know that NRA is not a person right?

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