Seattle university shooting kills 1, student stops gunman with pepper spray

Windsor Genova – Fourth Estate Cooperative Contributor

Seattle, WA, United States (4E) – A shooting rampage erupted inside the Seattle Pacific University (SPU) Thursday afternoon killing one student and wounding four others before the gunman was stopped with pepper spray by another student.

The suspect, Aaron Ybarra, 26, of Mountlake Terrace, walked into the foyer of the Otto Miller Hall in the SPU engineering building and fired a shotgun around 3:30 p.m. hitting a 19-year-old man and a 20-year-old woman.

The shooter stopped to reload his gun when Jon Meis, a student working as a building monitor, pepper sprayed him and took him down. Other students helped subdue the gunman until police arrived.

Ybarra was booked into King County Jail shortly before midnight Thursday and is expected to be formally charged with murder in court on Friday.

The male shooting victim died on arrival at the Harborveiw Medical Center. The wounded woman remained in critical condition at the First Hill hospital. A 22- and 24-year-old man also were slightly wounded.

The school at the Queen Anne neighborhood was locked down when the shooting began and it lasted until police cleared the campus from a possible second gunman.

Zack McKinley, a close friend of Ybarra, said the shooter works as a grocery bagger and cleaner, writes screenplays and novels, and doesn’t use drugs nor drink.

A prayer service was held Thursday evening at the campus church with Mayor Ed Murray attending. Murray said the incident was a tragedy and epidemic of gun violence.

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