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Seattle Police: 3 Victims in University Shooting

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by Manuel Valdes and Phuong Le, Associated Press


SEATTLE ― Seattle police say three victims of a shooting on the campus of Seattle Pacific University have been taken to a hospital and one suspect is in custody.

Police now say they are no longer looking for a second suspect.

Officer Drew Fowler confirms three victims have been transported for medical care after the shooting late Thursday afternoon. It isn’t clear whether the suspected gunman is also wounded.

The university posted online that “the campus is in lockdown due to a shooting near Otto Miller Hall.”

A woman who answered the phone at the school’s security office quickly disconnected, saying no one could talk.

About 4,000 students attend the Christian university about 10 minutes from downtown Seattle.

UPDATE: When the lone gunman armed with a shotgun university stopped firing at students to reload, another student pepper-sprayed him and subdued him with the help of others and prevented more deaths, police said.

A 19-year-old man was fatally shot and two other young people were wounded after the gunman entered the foyer of a Seattle Pacific University building and started shooting Thursday afternoon. When he paused to reload, a student building monitor disarmed him.

“There are a number of heroes in this,” Assistant Police Chief Paul McDonagh said. “The people around him (the gunman) stepped up.”

The gunman had additional rounds and a knife, McDonagh said.

The man in custody was not a student at the school, McDonagh told a news conference.

Four people, including the young man who died, were taken to Harborview Medical Center. A critically wounded 20-year-old woman was in intensive care late Thursday after 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.

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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 homicide, according to police and the jail roster.

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.”

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 the north Seattle suburb of Mountlake Terrace was not immediately returned.

Messages left with friends and relatives of Ybarra via social media were not immediately returned.

The Seattle Times reported that the suspect’s father, Ambrose Ybarra, said he didn’t know anything about the shooting.

Student Chris Howard was at Otto Miller Hall when the shooting happened. He said he saw the wounded woman on the floor being tended to by a classmate. Her chest was bloodied. Her phone was covered in blood, but she asked her helpers to look through her phone for her mother, aunt and best friend.

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“She was panicking,” Howard said. “She said ‘I think I’m going to die.'”

Soon after, police arrived. By then the suspect had been subdued. Howard ran outside and back through the lobby where he saw the man pinned on the floor.

“The suspect was calm. Not speaking. Not moving. Not struggling. Just there,” Howard said.

The shooting came a week before the end of the school year.

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

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 building that the shooter entered.

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.

About 4,270 undergraduate and graduate students attend the private Christian university. Its 40-acre (16-hectare) campus is in a leafy residential neighborhood about 10 minutes from downtown Seattle. The school canceled classes and other activities Friday.

Associated Press writers Donna Gordon Blankinship in Seattle and Rachel La Corte in Olympia contributed to this report.

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