Gunman Opens Fire at Seattle Pacific University, Killing 1
byKaitlin StanfordJun 06, 2014
Sad news out of Seattle last night. Barely two weeks after the tragic shooting near UCSB, another college campus has been devastated by gun violence.
This time, shots broke out at Washington state's Seattle Pacific University, where 26-year-old Aaron Ybarra allegedly opened fire Thursday afternoon before being tackled to the ground by a student security guard who was armed only with pepper spray. But, tragically, before Ybarra was subdued, he managed to squeeze off enough rounds to injure three — and claim the life of one.
The suspect, who by all accounts acted alone, opened fire in Otto Miller Hall. Pacific U student Briana Clarke, who was walking toward the building when shots rang out, believes she narrowly escaped being shot herself. Still, she shared with CNN affiliate KOMO just how traumatizing the aftermath was. "When I walked outside and saw someone down, that was disturbing, seeing a bunch of bullets around," she said. "Seeing my friend outside being treated, that was hard to swallow."
Police say the shooter would have harmed more students on campus, had it not been for the quick-thinking of the student security guard, who has been identified as Jon Meis.
"This story is not about an evil act but about the people that actually lived through this scenario and assisted each other when things were pretty tragic," Seattle police Assistant Chief Paul McDonagh told reporters.
After the suspect was taken in, police discovered he was armed with a shotgun, a knife and even more ammunition.