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Police: College student disarmed Seattle gunman


SEATTLE (AP) - A lone gunman armed with a shotgun and knife opened fire Thursday in a building at a small Seattle university, fatally wounding one person before a student subdued him with pepper spray as he tried to reload, police said.

A student building monitor at Seattle Pacific University disarmed the gunman after he entered the foyer at Otto Miller Hall, and several other people jumped on top of him and pinned him down until police officers arrived, police said.

1 Dead, Others Injured In Seattle School Shooting

A 19-year-old man died at Harborview Medical Center. Three other people were also taken to the hospital. A critically wounded 20-year-old woman was in intensive care late Thursday night after about five hours in surgery, hospital spokeswoman Susan Gregg said. A 24-year-old man was hospitalized in satisfactory condition. A Seattle Fire Department official said the man suffered "pellet type wounds" to his neck and chest.

A 22-year-old man was treated and released, Gregg said. Police said he suffered minor injuries during the struggle with the suspect.

None of the victims was immediately identified.

Aaron R. Ybarra, 26, was booked into the King County Jail late Thursday for investigation of murder, police said.

At an earlier news conference, Assistant Police Chief Paul McDonagh said the man in custody was not a student at the school.

The afternoon shooting came a week before the end of the school year, and the situation was particularly tense when police initially reported that they were searching for a second suspect.

"It appears the suspect acted alone," McDonagh said. Initially, "there was a report of another person with a weapon, but (investigators) have not confirmed that."

He said he did not know the gunman's motive or intended target. Detectives are "working as quickly as we can to figure it out," McDonagh said.

Also late Thursday, police who said they were serving a warrant entered a house that was believed tied to Ybarra. A phone message left at that house in a north Seattle suburb was not immediately returned.

The university locked down its campus for several hours, and it alerted students and staff to stay inside. Some students were taking finals in the same building that the shooter entered.

"There are a number of heroes in this," McDonagh said. "The people around him (the gunman) stepped up."

Multiple shots were fired, and the gunman had additional rounds, McDonagh said.

"But for the great response by the people of Seattle Pacific, this incident might have been much more tragic," he said.

Both the young man who died and the young woman suffered gunshot wounds to the body, Seattle Fire Assistant Chief Jay Hagen told the news conference.

On Thursday evening, people packed the First Free Methodist Church on campus for a service of prayers and song. So many people crowded into the building that dozens of people gathered on a lawn near the church and formed their own groups as the sun set.

"We're a community that relies on Jesus Christ for strength, and we'll need that at this point in time," said Daniel Martin, president of Seattle Pacific University.

About 4,270 undergraduate and graduate students attend the private Christian university. Its 40-acre campus is in a leafy residential neighborhood about 10 minutes from downtown Seattle. The school canceled classes and other activities Friday.

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."

About 45 minutes later, police came and escorted them out of the building two by two, she said. 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."

Ashley Springer, 26, was in a classroom with her professor and a few other students when a woman with a bullhorn came into the room and told them to lock the door, pull down the shades and turn out the lights.

Springer, a senior, called Seattle Pacific University "a really close community."

David Downs, a 22-year-old senior who is graduating next week, said he left campus 30 minutes before the shooting.

"I'm in utter shock," said Downs, who is a point guard on the university's basketball team. "It's so unbelievable to me that this could happen on our campus. It's the last thing I would have ever thought could happen here."

"It puts things in perspective," he said. "Anything can happen, even on a small Christian campus."

The gun violence 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 killed himself.

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, noting previous mass shootings in the city, said: "Once again the epidemic of gun violence has come to Seattle."

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Robert C Miller June 06 2014 at 6:24 AM

When will this country wake up about `gun free zones? All but two of these mass shootings have occurred in gun free zones. The only thing this country needs is to rein in crazy bat brained democrats.
Subject: Sensible Gun Control>>>>

In 1865 a Democrat shot and killed Abraham Lincoln, President of the United.
States. In Nov. 1963 a left wing socialist shot and killed John F. Kennedy,
President of the United States.
In 1975 a left wing radical Democrat fired shots at Gerald Ford, President.
of the United States.
In 1983 a registered Democrat shot and wounded Ronald Reagan, President of the United States.
In 1984 James Hubert, a disgruntled Democrat, shot and killed 22 people in a McDonalds restaurant.
In 1986 Patrick Sherrill, a disgruntled Democrat, shot and killed 15 people
in an Oklahoma post office.
In 1990 James Pough, a disgruntled Democrat, shot and killed 10 people at a GMAC office.
In 1991 George Hennard, a disgruntled Democrat, shot and killed 23 people in a Luby's cafeteria in Killeen , TX.
In 1995 James Daniel Simpson, a disgruntled Democrat, shot and killed 5.
coworkers in a Texas laboratory.
In 1999 Larry Asbrook, a disgruntled Democrat, shot and killed 8 people at a church service.
In 2001 a left wing radical Democrat fired shots at the White House in a.
failed attempt to kill George W. Bush, President of the US.
In 2003 Douglas Williams, a disgruntled Democrat, shot and killed 7 people.
at a Lockheed Martin plant.
In 2007 a registered Democrat named Seung - Hui Cho, shot and killed 32.
people in Virginia Tech.
In 2010 a mentally ill registered Democrat named Jared Lee Loughner, shot
Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and killed 6 others.
In 2011 a registered Democrat named James Holmes, went into a movie theater and shot and killed 12 people.
In 2012 Andrew Engeldinger, a disgruntled Democrat, shot and killed 7 people in Minneapolis.
In 2013 a registered Democrat named Adam Lanza, shot and killed 26 people in a school in Newtown , CT.
As recently as Sept 2013, an angry Democrat shot 12 people at a Navy ship yard.
Clearly, there is a problem with Democrats and guns.
Not one NRA member, Tea Party member, or Republican conservative was.
involved in any of these shootings and murders.

SOLUTION: It should be illegal for Democrats to own guns.

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Jo June 06 2014 at 6:24 AM

And again, no good guy with a gun around to stop the bad guy with a gun. But we do have some real heroes.

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kmd4excel June 06 2014 at 6:30 AM

Every single one of these "mass" shootings have had one thing in common: They all occured in so-called "gun free" zones. So, would you anti-gun nuts like to explain your logic of disarming all in the name of safety?

The "gun free" zone signs should be changed to read: "Target Rich Environment".

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triggertymeernie June 06 2014 at 6:17 AM

You all miss the point he was stopped by a person ARMED with pepper spray that or a gun would have stopped him, if you want to be sheep and wait around to get shot go ahead I'll take care of myself and my family. You all can be the next victims, and just to make it clear I'm not a member of the NRA. no one tells me how to think.

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Bill June 06 2014 at 6:39 AM

The other student will probably get in trouble for having pepper-spray on campus.

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Robert C Miller June 06 2014 at 6:21 AM

The only thing this country needs is to rein in crazy bat brained democrats.
Subject: Sensible Gun Control>>>>

In 1865 a Democrat shot and killed Abraham Lincoln, President of the United.
States. In Nov. 1963 a left wing socialist shot and killed John F. Kennedy,
President of the United States.
In 1975 a left wing radical Democrat fired shots at Gerald Ford, President.
of the United States.
In 1983 a registered Democrat shot and wounded Ronald Reagan, President of the United States.
In 1984 James Hubert, a disgruntled Democrat, shot and killed 22 people in a McDonalds restaurant.
In 1986 Patrick Sherrill, a disgruntled Democrat, shot and killed 15 people
in an Oklahoma post office.
In 1990 James Pough, a disgruntled Democrat, shot and killed 10 people at a GMAC office.
In 1991 George Hennard, a disgruntled Democrat, shot and killed 23 people in a Luby's cafeteria in Killeen , TX.
In 1995 James Daniel Simpson, a disgruntled Democrat, shot and killed 5.
coworkers in a Texas laboratory.

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aligraysmith June 06 2014 at 5:50 AM

Let's publicize the daylights out of this one too so other severely mentally ill persons can fall victim to the power of suggestion. We could always do something toward gun control as well.

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melvnr June 06 2014 at 6:27 AM

I would bet it will come to light that this man had mental problems and was giving messages long ago. Guns are not the problem. He could have used a car, a gasoline bomb, lots of things. An armed citizen may have been able to stop this after the first shot but I don't believe Washington State allows concealed weapons at any type of schools.

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Sheryl June 06 2014 at 6:02 AM

And so it goes...with still NO action to stop this stuff--how many more will DIE before our nation does something to stop these shootings????????? We talk and chat and talk and talk and talk...

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Mike June 06 2014 at 6:06 AM

Clearly Jesus loves guns otherwise He'd get off His high cloud and stop this.

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