Gunman kills one, three wounded at Christian college in Seattle

SEATTLE Fri Jun 6, 2014 3:34am EDT

1 of 4. A policeman secures the scene at Seattle Pacific University after the campus was evacuated due to a shooting in Seattle, Washington June 5, 2014.

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SEATTLE (Reuters) - A man armed with a shotgun opened fire on Thursday at a small Christian college in Seattle, killing one person and wounding two others before he was subdued by a group of students and arrested, Seattle police and hospital officials said.

A fourth person was injured in the struggle with the gunman, police said.

The Seattle Police Department said via Twitter that Aaron Ybarra, 26, had been booked into King County Jail for the shooting at Seattle Pacific University.

The lone suspect, who was not a student, entered an academic building of the university in the late afternoon and shot three people, police said.

He was disarmed as he paused to reload his gun and was pepper-sprayed by a student security guard.

"Other students jumped on top of them, and they were able to pin the shooter to the ground until police arrived" minutes later, police Captain Chris Fowler told reporters on the scene.

Americans are engaged in a protracted debate over gun control regulations after a series of shootings in public places such as schools and theaters. On May 24, a 22-year-old gunman killed six people before taking his own life in a rampage across a California college town. [ID:nL1N0OA09E]

One eyewitness in Seattle, Chris Howard, a 22-year-old junior, told Reuters he was in a classroom when one of the male victims rushed in bleeding from the neck and told students to lock the doors.

Stepping outside the classroom moments later, Howard said he saw the gunman lying on the floor with the student security monitor on top of him, surrounded by bullet shells, and saw a second victim with a tourniquet tied around a bleeding arm, being assisted by another student.

He was armed with a gun and a knife and extra ammunition, police said.

The suspect could face a murder charge, Fowler told an evening news conference.

A representative of Harborview Medical Center in Seattle said four patients from the shooting were brought to the hospital and that one, a man in his 20s, had died.

Two other men, aged 22 and 24, were listed in satisfactory condition, and a 20-year-old woman was listed as critical and undergoing surgery, the hospital official said.

One of the men suffered pellet wounds to his neck and chest and the other suffered minor injuries, police said.

NO MOTIVE IMMEDIATELY CLEAR

Further details of the shooting in the upscale Seattle suburb of Queen Anne, a residential neighborhood, were not immediately clear, and authorities did not offer an explanation for any motive behind the gun violence.

Another student, Blake Oliveira, 21, who was taking a physics course in Otto Miller Hall at the time, told Reuters he heard a gunshot outside the classroom, followed by the sound of running footsteps, which he presumed to be the gunman.

His professor instructed the students to stay put in the classroom, and the door was locked, Oliveira said.

Seattle Pacific University is a Methodist liberal arts college about 4 miles (6.4 km) north of Seattle's downtown, with about 4,000 students enrolled.

The college website said students are subject to disciplinary action for such behavior as extramarital sex or homosexual activity and for the possession or use of alcohol.

Students could be seen embracing and otherwise consoling one another on campus, some crying as they recounted hearing a gunshot. An evening prayer service was being held at a campus church.

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

(Addititional reporting by Bill Rigby, Deepa Seetharaman from Seattle, and Cynthia Johnston from Las Vegas; Writing by Steve Gorman and Eric M. Johnson; Editing by Sandra Maler, Jeremy Laurence and Sonya Hepinstall)

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Comments (23)
Desmodad wrote:
Are you freaking kidding me Sandra Maler…how is this statement relevant to the story?!
“The college website said students are subject to disciplinary action for such behavior as extramarital sex or homosexual activity and for the possession or use of alcohol.”

Jun 05, 2014 9:11pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
bigness wrote:
This will probably be deleted, BUT…this rampage of school shootings falls squarely on the shoulders of our news medias. When Columbine got glorified and had taken over the news, the shooters got there 15 minutes of fame. Since Columbine, schools seem to be getting shot up every month. If the media actually wanted to help stop the shootings, instead of pimping it for revenue, they would stop giving them their 15 minutes of fame. Stop headlining these shootings and give them a 3 line print somewhere at the bottom of the page.

Jun 05, 2014 9:16pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Bakhtin wrote:
bigness wrote:
“…this rampage of school shootings falls squarely on the shoulders of our news medias.”

This rampage of school shootings falls squarely on the shoulders of the NRA/GOP. who for purely ideological reasons make it easier, and easier, and easier, for idiots to get hold of guns.

It is no coincidence that the USA is the only civilised country that lets citizens carry guns in public, the only civilised country that has stand your ground laws to protect killers, the only civilised country that doesn’t make it obligatory to store guns at home unassembled and locked in a safe, has the lowest barrier to obtaining a gun, and also has the highest incidence of mass shootings.

Jun 05, 2014 10:01pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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