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1 dead, 2 hurt in shooting at Seattle Pacific University
SEATTLE - from KOMO TV
A gunman opened fire at Seattle Pacific University Thursday afternoon, killing one person and wounding two others before being disarmed by staff members and students.
The wounded were rushed to Harborview Medical Center, where one victim, a man in his 20s, died shortly after arrival. A 20-year-old woman is in serious condition while another man was in satisfactory condition with minor injuries, hospital officials said. A fourth person who was not wounded but traumatized by the incident was also taken to Harborview.
The gunman walked into the Otto Miller Building just after 3 p.m. and shot three people, said Capt. Chris Fowler with Seattle police. The gunman then began reloading when a student building monitor tackled the shooter.
"The shooter began to reload his shotgun and the student building monitor inside the hall confronted the shooter and was able to subdue individual," 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."
Fire officials on the scene originally indicated there were seven wounded besides including the shooter, but have since brought that number down to three victims. The suspected gunman was also injured but not seriously.
Witness Briana Clarke was inside Otto Miller Hall when the shots rang out. She was still unsure what was happening when she saw students running down the halls.
"I first heard two muffled shots that I thought were two helium balloons," she said.
Clarke then said she saw injured students inside the building and when she went outside, she saw several more bloodied students.
'When I walked outside and seeing someone down... that was disturbing seeing a bunch of bullets around, the blanks all around and red that was a very disturbing image," Clarke said. "Seeing my friend outside being treated that's was hard to swallow, that a fellow student, that it could have been you."
University counselor Karen Altus was in her office -- less than a block from the crime scene -- when she got an alert about the shooting.
"I'm in my office with four students with the blinds closed. The we're sitting on the floor with the door locked, very scared," she said.
The university was on lockdown for about two hours after the shooting but it was lifted just after 5 p.m.
Speaking on campus Thursday evening, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray thanked the first responders and spoke about what he called an "epidemic of gun violence" in the city.
"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.
About 4,270 students attend the private Christian university.