1 Dead, At Least 3 Wounded In Shooting At Seattle Pacific

SEATTLE (KING)-- Students and staff at Seattle Pacific University are coming together after one man was killed and three others were wounded in a shooting on campus Thursday. Police arrested one suspect.

"The SPU community is certainly saddened by the events today, by this tragedy and senseless act that we've experienced as a community," said SPU President Daniel Martin. "We're grateful for the Seattle Police Department, for our first responders who helped us control the situation. We're pulling together as a campus community, offering support and counseling for our students, our families. We have a prayer service this evening at 7 p.m."

The university cancelled evening classes Thursday, as well as all classes and activities on Friday. The community was invited to a 7 p.m. prayer service at the First Free Methodist church.

Seattle police reported that students worked together to subdue the lone suspect after he entered Otto Miller Hall and shot four victims. A student security guard disarmed the suspect with pepper spray as he began reloading and other students helped pin him down until the police arrived.

"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," said Seattle Police West Precinct Capt. Chris Fowler.

The suspect was arrested and taken to police headquarters.

An SPU professor said he did not recognize the shooting suspect. He called the student who subdued the suspect a "hero who saved lives."

All four victims were taken to Harborview. A spokesperson for the hospital said a 20-year-old woman is in critical condition and in surgery, a 24-year-old man and a 22-year-old man are in satisfactory condition.

"You're visiting. Everything's beautiful, it's a beautiful campus. We're having a wonderful day spending time with one another, visiting. And then the dynamic completely changes and it's chaotic. It's very disturbing," said one parent who was visiting her daughter on campus.

The campus went into lockdown following after reports of the shooting. One student said being in lockdown was like being in a "silo" and that reality didn't set in until she was allowed outside.

"You think minimally until you actually walk outside and you see victims," I see one of my friends outside who's bloodied and I have to say, 'Are you okay?' That's when terror starts to ensue," Briana Clark said. "You don't see all those ambulances, those 10 to 12 police officers until you walk outside. Then it becomes real."

School staff was available to meet with students on campus at the Upper Gwinn Commons as well as in residence hall lobbies.

Seattle Police initially tweeted they were searching for a second suspect on the campus, but later said no additional suspects were being sought. The FBI was on scene offering assistance, which a spokesperson said is routine for any major incident.

The shooting was reported at 3rd Avenue West and West Nickerson. SPU said the school is no longer in lockdown and students had been evacuated. Previously, students were advised to not leave the buildings and to close window coverings and move away from the windows. About 4,270 students attend the private Christian university, which was founded in 1891 by the Free Methodist Church of North America. Its 40-acre campus is in a residential neighborhood of Queen Anne, about 10 minutes from downtown Seattle. King County Metro said a number of buses were rerouted off of West Nickerson Street: 13, 29, 31, 32 and 62. Seattle Public Schools said some students were unable to get home or to after-school programs due to road closures. Buses are returning to the following elementary schools: Blaine, Queen Anne, Coe and John Hay.Additionally, Lawton Elementary School in Magnolia was in shelter-in-place as a precaution.

Associated Press contributed to this report.


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