SEATTLE, Wash. — One man is in police custody after four people were shot at Seattle Pacific University on Thursday. Sister station KCPQ reports that Harborview Medical Center says a 19-year-old male shooting victim died at the hospital. A female victim remains in critical condition and two other victims are in stable condition.
Shots were first reported at about 3:30 p.m. PDT. An alert from the university indicated the shooting began in Otto Miller Hall. The Seattle Police Department says that the lone gunman was armed with a shotgun. Once he tried to reload he was taken down after a student security guard pepper sprayed him.
“Once on the ground, other students jumped on top of him and were able to pin him to the ground until police arrived,” Seattle Police Commander Chris Fowler said according to KCPQ.
Police say the suspected gunman is 26 years old and was not seriously injured. He was taken to police headquarters for questioning and will be booked into jail on suspicion of murder. Police say the suspect was not a student at the school and his motive is unknown at present. He was also armed with a knife and had additional rounds on him according to police.
Seattle Pacific University is a member of the Christian College Consortium and has an enrollment of about 4,000 students according to KCPQ. Classes were cancelled for both Thursday night and Friday.