1 Dead in Shooting at Seattle College

3 others injured at Seattle Pacific University; suspect is in custody

By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff

Posted Jun 5, 2014 6:21 PM CDT | Updated Jun 5, 2014 7:19 PM CDT

(Newser) – One person is dead and three others injured after they were shot on the campus of Seattle Pacific University today. Police say the lone gunman is in custody. On its Twitter feed, the Seattle Police Department says the shooter entered Otto Miller Hall this afternoon and shot four people before being disarmed by university staffers while reloading. A male victim in his 20s died at Harborview Medical Center, reports AP. A 20-year-old female victim remains critically injured. The other two victims, both in their 20s, are in satisfactory condition with lesser injuries. With the suspect in custody, the school has lifted its lockdown, but there's no word yet on what might have prompted the shooting.

“It was super-terrifying,” a female sophomore who was in her dorm room when the lockdown was put in place tells the Seattle Times. “There were lot of people crying and calling their parents.” The newspaper talks to another student who says she got a text message from a male friend saying he'd been shot. She sent several replies but got no response. “You never think it will happen here,” the college's director of athletics tells the Post-Intelligencer. “It’s unimaginable.”

Emergency personnel arrive on the scene at Seattle Pacific University.
Emergency personnel arrive on the scene at Seattle Pacific University.   (AP Photo/The Seattle Times, Dean Rutz)
Emergency personnel arrive at Seattle Pacific University campus Thursday.
Emergency personnel arrive at Seattle Pacific University campus Thursday.   (AP Photo/The Seattle Times, Dean Rutz)
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