- A 19-year-old man was killed and a 20-year-old woman remains in critical condition
- The other two students are in stable condition
- A student hall monitor disarmed the gunman with pepper spray and several other students piled on and held him until police arrived
- Seattle Pacific University, a small Christian college, went into full lockdown
- It is not know whether gunman is a student, though he ‘toured the campus’ weeks ago
A 26-year-old gunman has opened fire at a small, Christian university in Seattle – killing one student and wounding three more with shotgun blasts.
The deadly rampage at Seattle Pacific University came to a rapid end Thursday when a heroic student hall monitor pepper sprayed the shooter in the face and tackled him when he tried to reload. Several other students piled on and held the gunman until police arrived.
A 19-year-old male student was shot in the head and died at a nearby hospital. A 20-year-old female student was shot in the check and remains in critical condition.
Two other students, both males in their 20s, were wounded but are in good condition.
This is the scene of the deadly shooting inside a science building at Seattle Pacific University on Thursday. Shotgun shells can be seen littering the ground.
Tragedy: A victim is loaded into an ambulance on the campus of Seattle Pacific University after a shooting Thursday afternoon
KIRO-TV reports that this is believed to be the gunman who opened fire Thursday afternoon. The shooter was subdued by students and held until police arrived
Police say the the gunman was not a student, but reports indicate he had visited campus in recent weeks to scope it out.
Officers have not released his name, but King5 reports that he is a Seattle resident who lives with his parents. He has reportedly confessed to the shootings and even bragged about the carnage he inflicted on the campus.
Police say he carried a shotgun and a knife with him – as well as extra ammunition. They say he likely intended to shoot even more people – but was stopped by a quick-thinking hero.
‘But for the great response for the people at Seattle Pacific this incident would have been much more tragic,’ assistant police chief Paul McDonagh said Thursday night.
That heroic student has been described as a recently-engaged young man ‘with everything to live for,’ KOMO-TV reports. He has not, however, been identified.
Students who fled Otto Miller Hall were patted down and scanned by officers to ensure they were not armed
In the panic, police believed there was a second shooter and searched for up to an hour, possibly delaying medical attention for the wounded, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports.
Witnesses said the gunman barged into Otto Miller Hall – the science and engineering building for the university – about 3.30pm on Thursday.
One witness told KIRO-TV that the gunman held his weapon on three students and told them not to move, when they did, he shot and wounded two and shot another student in the face.
The victim who was shot in the face was rushed to the hospital, where he died.
‘The shooter began to reload his shotgun and a student that is the building monitor inside the hall confronted the shooter, was able to subdued the individual, and once on the ground, other students jumped on top of him and were able to pin the shooter to the ground until police arrived,’ Seattle Police Captain Chris Fowler said in a press conference.
Seattle Pacific is a small Christian college associated with the Free Methodist Church with a student body just of about 4,370.
Medics work on one of the victims from the deadly Seattle Pacific University shooting before taking the subject to the hospital for treatment.
Students were evacuated from Otto Miller Hall, where the shooting took place, and led single-file out of the building by armed officers.
Students comforted each other as they frantically tried to get in touch with loved ones following the chaos of the shooting.
This is believed to be the truck that belongs to the suspect, who is currently being interviewed by police. It is parked on campus near the building where he opened fire.
The university was placed on lockdown and the administrators advised students to stay inside and lock their windows and doors and close their blinds. Students were sent an email blast that warned: ‘THIS IS NOT A DRILL.’
It’s unknown whether the gunman is a student at the university or whether the victims were random strangers or targeted.
Some students told KCPQ-TV that they recognized the shooter, indicating that they might have recognized the gunman.
Video from KIRO-TV showed a young man who appeared to be in his late teens or early 20s being led away in handcuffs.