SPU Shooting Suspect Identified as Aaron R. Ybarra
Update, June 6, 6 a.m.: SEATTLE (CBS Seattle) – Seattle Police identified the Seattle Pacific University shooting suspect Thursday night on their Twitter account as 26 year-old Aaron R. Ybarra.
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Ybarra, Aaron R. 26 years-old has been booked into King County Jail for the Seattle Pacific University shooting.—
Seattle Police Dept. (@SeattlePD) June 06, 2014
On Thursday afternoon police responded to reports of a shooting at Seattle Pacific University. A 19-year-old man was killed and three others were injured during the shooting. Another student disarmed Ybarra with pepper spray when Ybarra was reloading his shotgun. The victims were rushed to Harboview Medical Center.
According to hospital spokeswoman Susan Gregg, the 20-year-old female victim remains in intensive care after surgery, while a 24-year-old man remains hospitalized in satisfactory condition. A Seattle Fire Department official said the man suffered “pellet type wounds” to his neck and chest.
Another 22-year-old man was treated and released, Gregg said. Police said he suffered minor injuries during the struggle with the suspect.
None of the victims were immediately identified.
KIRO-TV reports that Ybarra was “obsessed” with the 1999 Columbine High School shooting that left 15 people dead, including the two gunmen. He also reportedly traveled to the site of the shooting.
Messages left with friends and relatives of Ybarra via social media were not immediately returned.
The Seattle Times reported that the suspect’s father, Ambrose Ybarra, said he didn’t know anything about the shooting.
“We just hope he’s safe,” he told the newspaper. “It’s upsetting to have these accusations thrown around. We’re in emergency mode. We are trying to stay calm.”
More on the gunman and his friends reactions here.
Update, June 5, 6:30 p.m.: SEATTLE (AP) – A Seattle hospital spokeswoman says one man in his 20s has died and a woman is critically injured after a shooting Thursday afternoon on the campus of Seattle Pacific University.
Two other people are less seriously hurt. Police say a suspect is in custody.
Harborview Medical Center spokeswoman Susan Gregg had no additional information on the young man who died. She says a 20-year-old woman is in surgery with critical injuries while a 24-year-old man and a 22-year-old man are in satisfactory condition.
Update, June 5, 4:47 p.m.: SEATTLE (CBS Seattle/AP) – Three people were shot Thursday afternoon on the campus of Seattle Pacific University and a suspect was in custody, police said. Initially reports said six people were injured.
Officer Drew Fowler confirmed three victims were transported for medical care after the shooting late Thursday afternoon.
The Seattle Fire Department tweeted that medics took four gunshot victims to Harborview Medical Center; a man and a woman had life threatening injuries, and two males were in stable condition. It wasn’t clear whether the fourth person was the suspected gunman.
Police had initially said they were searching for a second suspect armed with a handgun, but a short while later they said they were no longer looking for anyone else.
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 about 10 minutes from downtown Seattle.
The university posted online that “the campus is in lockdown due to a shooting near Otto Miller Hall.” A woman who answered the phone at the school’s security office quickly disconnected, saying no one could talk.
The incident follows a spate of recent shootings on or near college campuses.
Last month, according to police, Elliot Rodger killed six people and injured seven before turning his gun on himself in a rampage in Isla Vista, California, near two universities.
In 2007, 32 people were fatally shot in a dorm and classroom at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia before the gunman, Seung-Hui Cho, killed himself.
Update, June 5, 4:06 p.m.: At least four people have been confirmed shot, according to KIRO.
Original Post, June 5, 3:56 p.m.: SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle police say two people have been shot on the campus of Seattle Pacific University, and there are likely more victims.
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