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1 Dead, 3 Injured in Shooting at Seattle Pacific University

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Posted on Jun 5, 2014

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In yet another incident underscoring the prevalence of gun violence in the U.S., a gunman opened fire at Seattle Pacific University on Thursday, killing a 19-year-old man and wounding at least three others before being tackled by a student and arrested.

The Seattle Times brought news of the aftermath later that afternoon:

One of the victims, a young man who was taken in critical conditon to Harborview Medical Center, was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Another, a 20-year-old woman, was in critical condition and in surgery. Two others, men ages 22 and 24, were in satisfactory condition, one with gunshot wounds and the other, who was not shot, suffered injuries that weren’t immediately described.

Two other people were reported to be hurt, although the nature of their injuries was not known, and they were not taken to Harborview.

Seattle police arrested the gunman, described as a young man armed with a shotgun and handgun. Police said the gunman walked into the foyer of Otto Miller Hall shortly before 3:30 p.m. and shot three people.

Seattle police Capt. Chris Fowler said a student, who is a building monitor, subdued the gunman as he stopped to reload.

Other students then helped hold the man down until police arrived, Fowler said.

At some point, police said, someone pepper-sprayed the gunman.

The SPU campus was on lockdown for several hours after the shooting. The Associated Press reported that none of the victims had been identified as of 7:30 p.m. PST.

—Posted by Kasia Anderson

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