Prosecutor: Seattle campus shooter went off meds

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Prosecutor: Seattle campus shooter went off meds
Shooting suspect Aaron Ybarra, left, is led in chains to a court hearing at a King County Jail courtroom Friday, June 6, 2014, in Seattle. Ybarra was arrested in the killing of a 19-year-old student and wounding of two other young people Thursday at Seattle Pacific University. Police say Jon Meis and other students subdued Ybarra until officers arrived and handcuffed him moments later. Meis, the 22-year-old building monitor, pepper-sprayed and tackled the gunman Thursday in Seattle Pacific University's Otto Miller Hall, likely preventing further carnage, according to police and university officials. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Defense attorney Ramona Brandes, left, leans across to speak with shooting suspect Aaron Ybarra at a hearing in a King County Jail courtroom Friday, June 6, 2014, in Seattle. Ybarra was arrested in the killing of a 19-year-old student and wounding of two other young people Thursday at Seattle Pacific University. Police say another student pepper-sprayed and tackled him. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
SEATTLE, WA - JUNE 05: Seattle Police and first responders work the crime scene after a shooting at Seattle Pacific University on June 5, 2014 in Seattle, Washington. A gunman is in custody after four people were shot on campus resulting in one death. (Photo by Mat Hayward/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WA - JUNE 05: Seattle Police officers secure the crime scene after a shooting at Seattle Pacific University on June 5, 2014 in Seattle, Washington. A gunman is in custody after four people were shot on campus resulting in one death. (Photo by Mat Hayward/Getty Images)
Students from Seattle Pacific University gather outside in a spontaneous prayer circle after a church service was full, following a shooting on the campus of the university Thursday, June 5, 2014, in Seattle. A lone gunman armed with a shotgun opened fire in a building on the campus, killing one person before he was subdued by a student as he tried to reload, police said. Police say the student building monitor at the university disarmed the gunman and several other students held him until police arrived at the Otto Miller building. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Students and faculty pray together following a shooting on the campus of Seattle Pacific University Thursday, June 5, 2014, in Seattle. Seattle police now say there are four victims in a shooting and say one suspect is in custody. Police say one man and one woman have life-threatening injuries while another man and another woman are reported in stable condition.(AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Detectives wait outside a home believed to be tied to Aaron R. Ybarra, who was arrested Thursday, June 5, 2014 following a shooting at Seattle Pacific University in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Seattle Police officers walk past a home believed to be tied to Aaron R. Ybarra, who was arrested Thursday, June 5, 2014 following a shooting at Seattle Pacific University in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
A police officer stands near the scene of a shooting on the campus of Seattle Pacific University Thursday, June 5, 2014, in Seattle. A lone gunman armed with a shotgun opened fire in Otto Miller Hall, hidden behind the vehicle at left, on the campus, 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. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Television videographers and other media wait for a briefing at the scene of a shooting Thursday, June 5, 2014, at Seattle Pacific University in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
A Seattle Police SWAT team officer strings police tape at the scene of a shooting Thursday, June 5, 2014, at Seattle Pacific University in Seattle. A lone gunman armed with a shotgun opened fire in a building at the small university, killing one person before he was subdued by a student as he tried to reload, police said. Police say the student building monitor disarmed the gunman and several other students held him until police arrived at the Otto Miller building. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Young people are escorted past police following a shooting on the campus of Seattle Pacific University on Thursday, June 5, 2014, in Seattle. A lone gunman armed with a shotgun opened fire in a building at the small university, killing one person before he was subdued by a student as he tried to reload, police said. Police say the student building monitor disarmed the gunman and several other students held him until police arrived at the Otto Miller building. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Seattle Police SWAT officers run toward a campus building following a shooting at Seattle Pacific University on Thursday, June 5, 2014, in Seattle. A lone gunman armed with a shotgun opened fire Thursday in a building at the 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 disarmed the gunman and several other students held him until police arrived at the Otto Miller building. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Students and faculty pray together following a shooting on the campus of Seattle Pacific University Thursday, June 5, 2014, in Seattle. Seattle police say there are four victims in a shooting and say one suspect is in custody. Police say one man and one woman have life-threatening injuries while another man and another woman are reported in stable condition.(AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
A Seattle Police SWAT team officer walks with his gun and a roll of police tape at the scene of a shooting Thursday, June 5, 2014 at Seattle Pacific University in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Seattle Police SWAT officers stand near a campus building following a shooting at Seattle Pacific University on Thursday, June 5, 2014, in Seattle. A lone gunman armed with a shotgun opened fire in a building at the small university, killing one person before he was subdued by a student as he tried to reload, police said. Police say the student building monitor disarmed the gunman and several other students held him until police arrived at the Otto Miller building. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Brianna Clarke, left, cries as she talks on her phone while Erin Rutledge, right, an athletic trainer at Seattle Pacific University, is hugged by a colleague, at the scene of a shooting Thursday, June 5, 2014 at Seattle Pacific University in Seattle. About 4,270 students attend the private Christian university, located in a residential neighborhood about 10 minutes from downtown Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
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A Seattle Police SWAT team officer strings police tape at the scene of a shooting Thursday, June 5, 2014 at Seattle Pacific University in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Brianna Clarke, a student at Seattle Pacific University, cries as she talks on her phone at the scene of a shooting Thursday, June 5, 2014 at Seattle Pacific University in Seattle. About 4,270 students attend the private Christian university, located in a residential neighborhood about 10 minutes from downtown Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Medical workers stow an used backboard at the scene of a shooting Thursday, June 5, 2014 at Seattle Pacific University in Seattle. About 4,270 students attend the private Christian university, located in a residential neighborhood about 10 minutes from downtown Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
A Seattle Police SWAT team officer walks with his gun and a roll of police tape at the scene of a shooting Thursday, June 5, 2014 at Seattle Pacific University in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Students help each other as they walk away from the scene of a shooting Thursday, June 5, 2014, at Seattle Pacific University in Seattle. Police say a university student on Thursday disarmed a lone gunman who entered a building and shot four people. A hospital spokeswoman says one man has died and three other people are injured, one critically. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Medical and police officers walk at the scene of a shooting Thursday, June 5, 2014, at Seattle Pacific University in Seattle. Police say a university student on Thursday disarmed a lone gunman who entered a building and shot four people. A hospital spokeswoman says one man has died and three other people are injured, one critically. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Students and faculty pray together following a shooting on the campus of Seattle Pacific University Thursday, June 5, 2014, in Seattle. Seattle police said there are four victims in a shooting and have one suspect in custody. Police say one man and one woman have life-threatening injuries while another man and another woman are reported in stable condition.(AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
City officials, including Mayor Ed Murray, third from right, and interim police chief Harry Bailey, second from right, walk at the scene of a shooting Thursday, June 5, 2014 at Seattle Pacific University in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
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By Gene Johnson

SEATTLE (AP) - The gunman who killed one student and wounded two others at a small Seattle college last week had stopped taking his medications because he "wanted to feel the hate," and he detailed his plans in a handwritten journal for two weeks before the attack, a prosecutor said Tuesday.

"I just want people to die, and I'm gonna die with them!" Aaron Ybarra wrote the day of the shooting, King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg said.

Satterberg released new details of the allegations as he filed charges of first-degree murder, attempted murder and assault against Ybarra, 26. Satterberg is seeking a sentence of life in prison.

Authorities say Ybarra has been held on suicide watch without bail at the county jail since a student pepper-sprayed the gunman and ended the rampage Thursday at Seattle Pacific University.

Ybarra's lawyer, Ramona Brandes, has said her client has a long history of mental issues but is aware of the trauma caused by the shooting and is sorry. She did not immediately return a message seeking comment Tuesday.

The journal, recovered by police from Ybarra's truck, parked near the shooting, reflects Ybarra's admiration for the school shooters at Virginia Tech and Columbine High School but does not clearly explain why he targeted the Seattle college, Satterberg said.

Ybarra considered other universities - Washington State, Eastern Washington and Central Washington were mentioned - but apparently dismissed them because they were too far away, the prosecutor said.

Instead, weeks before the shooting, Ybarra took a tour of Seattle Pacific, a private Christian college in a leafy neighborhood north of downtown. He remarked on how friendly and helpful the academic counselor and students were who showed him around, Satterberg said.

During the tour, Ybarra learned the academic year would soon end, solidifying his plans, Satterberg said.

Ybarra shot Paul Lee, 19, in the back of the head with a double-barreled shotgun outside Otto Miller Hall after Lee turned to run away, according to the charging documents. Some of the birdshot pellets struck another student, Thomas Fowler, standing several feet away.

He tried to shoot a woman nearby, but the gun misfired and she escaped, a detective's probable cause statement said.

Ybarra then entered the building, encountering a man seated at a table, the statement said. Ybarra ordered the man not to disrespect him, but did not shoot, the detective wrote - instead turning the gun on student Sarah Williams, who was coming down some stairs.

Williams was severely wounded and remains hospitalized in satisfactory condition. She thanked supporters and first responders Tuesday in a statement emailed to The Associated Press.

"I know there is a lot of concern for my health and well- being, so I'd like to take this opportunity to let everybody know that I am healing and getting stronger," she wrote. "While every day brings improvement, I have a long way to go for full recovery."

Because one of the barrels of the gun had misfired, Ybarra essentially had a single-shot weapon, Satterberg said.

As Ybarra tried to reload, Jon Meis, a student building monitor, rushed out of his office, pepper-sprayed the gunman, grabbed the weapon and hid it in his office, the prosecutor said. Meis came back and helped another student hold the gunman down until police arrived.

Ybarra fired just two shots but carried nearly 50 shells and had 25 more in his truck, because he planned to kill many more people, Satterberg said. He also had a large hunting knife and planned to slit his own throat, the detective's statement said.

"In the defendant's plan to murder innocent students, he did not anticipate the courage of Jon Meis," Satterberg said. "Mr. Meis, though a reluctant and humble figure in this tragedy, undoubtedly saved many lives. He emerges from this awful crime as an example of how we all would hope we would act to confront a killer."

Ybarra gave an hour-long police interview after his arrest, saying he didn't specifically target any of the students but had a "hatred for the world in general," the probable cause statement said. He told detectives he had been diagnosed with obsessive-compulsive disorder and transient psychosis but had stopped taking his medicine about six months earlier because he wanted to feel his hate, it said.

The standard sentencing range for the charges is 69 to 86 years in prison, but Satterberg said he is seeking an exceptional sentence under a rarely used aggravating factor: that the crime had a "destructive and foreseeable impact on persons other than the victim."

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