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Donations pour for Seattle shooting hero


By MANUEL VALDES
Associated Press

SEATTLE (AP) -- Thousands of dollars are being donated to honor the student credited with thwarting a shooting at a small Seattle university.

Jon Meis and other students stopped the gunman Thursday at Seattle Pacific University. Meis has been credited with pepper-spraying and pinning the gunman while he was reloading his shotgun in the lobby of the building where the shooting happened.

Soon after Meis was identified, praise began to pour out on social media sites. Someone found Meis' wedding registry, and people quickly bought out most of the wish list.

Jon Meis: The Hero Who Stopped The Seattle Shooter


That's when ESPN sports radio producer Jessamyn McIntyre got the idea to begin a GoFundMe site for Meis and his fiancee's honeymoon and future. The site quickly went viral.

According to the page's statistics, over $26,000 from more than 830 donations has been raised as of Saturday afternoon - tallies that are expected to increase.

McIntyre said she hasn't had direct contact with the Meis family, who has asked for privacy. But she has left them her contact information. She also contacted university officials. She will leave the fundraising page up for a week, unless the family asks her to take it down.

On the donations page, people continue praising Meis. One person posted, "Only one word needed: Inspiring," to go with a $20 donation.

A 26-year-old suspect was charged after the shooting that left a 19-year-old man dead and two other young people wounded. The quick action by Meis likely saved lives, police said.

Another solemn fundraiser has also been launched to cover the funeral costs of Paul Lee, the 19-year-old student from Portland, Oregon, killed in the shooting.

Seattle Pacific University alumnus Michael Hasegawa-Yun started the page on GiveForward.com and quickly surpassed the original $5,000 goal. The site had raised more than $6,000 by Saturday afternoon. He says he'll expand the fundraising to also financially help the student who remains in the hospital.

"I just felt like I wanted to help out," Hasegawa-Yun said, adding that he hasn't had direct contact with Lee's family yet, but one of his friends does. "I just figured they wanted their privacy."

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Online:

GoFundMe page for Jon Meis: http://bit.ly/1uARZQz

GiveForward page for Paul Lee: http://bit.ly/1oIGnqX

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zzyxx June 07 2014 at 5:08 PM

this guy was nervy....glad it worked out for him and everyone else! 99.99999 percent of the populace with mace would have turned and ran the other way. it would have been much easier for him to pull out a smith and wesson 38 cal. and plug the fella on the spot.
sorry leftwing nuts but the truth.

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maeder June 07 2014 at 5:25 PM

Sometimes it is nice to do something for someone who went beyond.

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neutralslamm maeder June 07 2014 at 11:49 PM

Beyond?

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luckymrdave June 07 2014 at 6:01 PM

This young man took a step forward to end the shooting I applaud him the "go fund me" page and other donations are well spent. Congrats to you for saving the day!!! Good luck with your wedding have a happy future.

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autounionbailout June 07 2014 at 5:17 PM

THANK YOU PRESIDENT BUSH...YOU ARE ALSO AN AMERICAN HERO...

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shlleybo June 07 2014 at 5:31 PM

God bless Jon Meis!

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lngfoto June 07 2014 at 5:33 PM

He did good, how many people was willing to do what he did? Not many if any.

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patrick lngfoto June 07 2014 at 8:25 PM

More then you would think ! They are not the kind of people you will find on AOL & HP !!!

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Shirley patrick June 08 2014 at 1:07 AM

than

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Karen lngfoto June 08 2014 at 3:24 AM

Idiot.

Most people would react the same way if their life were threatened.

Only a coward would think otherwise.

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tonyrome Karen June 08 2014 at 8:09 AM

all of the previous university shootings, theater shooting, planes that were hijacked and rammed into buildings. you rarely here of someone stepping up to stop the carnage besides those that have been trained for situations such as these. ingot is not the idiot. if your looking for someone to call an idiot you might want to go to a mirror and tell the person you see in there, that they are the true idiot. ijs

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HELLO LENNY G. Karen June 08 2014 at 8:23 AM

the frontal lobe of your brain says to run, flee and get away from a dangerous situation. the "idiot" did what he did because he reacted against what his brain programmed it to do, and not run, but HELP. lucky for you, there are a lot more "idiots" like him to help cowards like you.
YOU NEVER KNOW HOW YOU'LL REACT TO AN EMERGENCY, TILL YOU'RE FACED WITH IT Karen. if that time ever arises for you, i can only guess, you may turn out to be an "idiot". ask any VETERAN and he'll tell you so.

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charpist5 June 07 2014 at 6:11 PM

Don't forget to claim it so you can pay out half of it for the government to waste.

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Charlie June 07 2014 at 5:00 PM

The nra said no, no, no, he did not use a gun.

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rb June 07 2014 at 6:32 PM

Suggestion....forego an expensive honeymoon....you'll need the money after you're married.

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bette63 June 07 2014 at 7:26 PM

What a great way to reward this true hero!!!

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