Students subdue gunman in Seattle college shooting that killed one

Reuters News
Posted: Jun 06, 2014 6:05 AM

SEATTLE (Reuters) - Police looked for a motive Friday after a gunman opened fire at a small Christian college in Seattle, killing one person before being subdued by a group of students.

The Seattle Police Department said Aaron Ybarra, 26, was arrested after Thursday's shooting and subsequent scuffle at Seattle Pacific University, which wounded three people. Police did not offer an explanation for the attack.

The suspect, who was not a student, entered a university building in the late afternoon and shot three people, police said.

Students disarmed the gunman as he paused to reload his gun, with a school security guard using pepper-spray on him. Another person was wounded in the struggle, police said.

"Other students jumped on top of them, and they were able to pin the shooter to the ground until police arrived" minutes later, police Captain Chris Fowler said at the scene.

It was the latest in a series of shootings in public places such as schools and theaters that have propelled intense debate over gun control regulations in the United States.

On May 24, a 22-year-old gunman killed six people before taking his own life in a rampage across a California college town. [ID:nL1N0OA09E]

One witness in Seattle, Chris Howard, a 22-year-old junior, told Reuters he was in a classroom when a man rushed in bleeding from the neck and told students to lock the doors.

Stepping outside the classroom moments later, Howard said he saw the gunman lying on the floor with the student security monitor on top of him, surrounded by bullet shells, and saw a second victim with a tourniquet tied around a bleeding arm, being helped by another student.

He was armed with a gun and a knife and extra ammunition, police said.

The suspect could face a murder charge, Fowler said.

A representative of Harborview Medical Center in Seattle said four shooting victims were brought to the hospital and that one, a man in his 20s, had died.

Two men, aged 22 and 24, were in satisfactory condition, the hospital official said. A woman in her 20s underwent five hours of surgery and was in critical condition, media reports said.

Seattle Pacific University is a Methodist liberal arts college of about 4,000 students in the upscale suburb of Queen Anne.

(Addititional reporting by Bill Rigby, Deepa Seetharaman from Seattle, and Cynthia Johnston from Las Vegas; Writing by Steve Gorman and Eric M. Johnson; Editing by Doina Chiacu)