A man that is not believed to be a student entered the Seattle Pacific University campus and opened fire. Police took 26 year old Aaron R. Ybarra into custody after the shooting, which left 3 injured and 1 dead.
The tragedy could have been a lot higher but a student guard managed to subdue the gunman while he was reloading his shotgun.
The Harborview Medical Center pronounced a wounded man dead 90 minutes after the shooting took place. A 20 year old woman is currently in critical condition and underwent surgery. 2 others, men, are currently listed as being in a satisfactory condition. One of them has a gunshot wound.
Paul McDonagh, Assistant Police Chief, declared:
“The actions of the subject in this case do not define Seattle Pacific University nor the city of Seattle. The actions of the students and staff on site, those are the things that define Seattle Pacific University.”
Chris Fowler, Seattle Police Captain, said that a student guard managed to pepper-spray the shooter while he was reloading. Other students then piled on the assailant and kept him pinned until the police arrived, four minutes after the shooting started.
Although an official statement was not issued, different Seattle Pacific University students identified the person that pepper-sprayed the attacker as being an engineering student, Jon Meis.