One Killed, One Critically Wounded in Seattle College Shooting
Written by Your 5News Team
Last updated on June 06, 2014 @ 12:55PM
Created on June 05, 2014 @ 10:49PM
SEATTLE (CBS) - A gunman opened fire Thursday afternoon in a building at Seattle Pacific University, killing one person and wounding two others before one student attacked him with pepper spray and several others tackled him, police said.
The shooting happened about 3:30 p.m. in Otto Miller Hall, CBS affiliate KIRO reported.
Seattle police said the suspect entered the building, shot three people in the foyer and began reloading his shotgun.
At that point a student who served as a building monitor confronted the shooter and pepper-sprayed him, grabbed his gun and pushed him to the floor, police said.
"The shooter began to reload his shotgun and the student building monitor inside the hall confronted the shooter and was able to subdue individual," police Capt. Chris Fowler said. "Once on the ground, other students jumped on top of them and they were able to pin the shooter to the ground until police arrived."
The suspect was under arrest, Fowler said. His name was not immediately released and there was no information on a possible motive.
Paramedics transported four victims to Harborview Medical Center, where a 20-year-old man died, hospital officials said.
A 20-year-old woman in critical condition was undergoing surgery, hospital officials said.
Two other men, ages 24 and 22, were in satisfactory condition. Police had initially said four people were shot, but later said one of these men was treated for other injuries.
"This is a tragic moment for Seattle, and it's a tragic moment for America," Seattle Mayor Ed Murray told reporters.
"Today should have been a day of celebration at the end of the school year at SPU. Instead it's a day of tragedy and loss," he said.
The campus, located about 10 minutes from downtown Seattle, was placed on lockdown as first reports of the shooting were received. Traffic around the school was blocked.
"Campus is in lockdown due to shooting near Otto Miller Hall. Classes are suspended. Please do not come to campus," the university posted on its website.
The lockdown was later lifted and a special prayer service was being held Thursday evening.
"Our heartfelt prayers are with the entire community," the university posted on its website.
Police at one point said there were two suspects in custody, but later said there was only one person under arrest and no other suspects were being sought. They said Otto Miller Hall had been secured.
The building houses the school's math, computer science, engineering, physics and science education departments.
Students said they were shocked by the violence at the Christian university, which has about 4,200 undergraduate and graduate students.
"Right away it was like my heart had sunk because it is such a safe place and close, tight-knit community," senior Nate Johnson told KIRO. "I have a lot of friends who are science majors and engineering majors who would have been in Otto Miller, a lot of friends in the athletic building, which is just across the street."
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