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Seattle Pacific University Shooting Update

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A tragic shooting at Seattle Pacific University Thursday killed one student and injured two others who are still in the hospital. A tragic shooting at Seattle Pacific University Thursday killed one student and injured two others who are still in the hospital.
SEATTLE, WA - A tragic shooting at Seattle Pacific University Thursday killed one student and injured two others who are still in the hospital. 

Students and teachers at SPU heard gunfire Thursday afternoon. The unthinkable was happening. A school shooting was happening on their campus.

"I called 911, then heard another shot inside the building and looked down from my office and saw one of my students sitting on top of somebody and a big pile of shell casings," said Kevin Boulding, SPU professor.

Police say, 26-year-old Aaron Ybarra entered Otto Miller Hall and began shooting. When he stopped to reload his gun, 22-year-old student monitor, Jon Meis, took action to stop the shooter from hurting more students.

"A student monitor who works inside that facility observed the suspect reloading the shotgun. At that point, pepper-sprayed that person then got them to the ground," said Seattle police.

Sadly, 19-year-old Paul Lee lost his life in the shooting.

Two other students are still at Harborview Medical Center. A 19-year-old female had a five hour surgery and was upgraded Friday from critical to serious condition. A 24-year-old male is in satisfactory condition with pellet fragment wounds.  

Friday NBC Right Now spoke with Governor Jay Inslee about the shooting.

"This is a tragedy of statewide dimensions. We all are feeling for these families right now. We know this is a national epidemic of gun violence and all of us want to continue to look for answers to try and reduce it," Inslee said.

The SPU community is turning to each other and prayer as they grieve.

"You never imagine that it would happen at your school," said Jillian Smith, SPU student.

A judge found probable cause this afternoon to hold Ybarra without bail.  

Police say Ybarra admitted to detectives he wanted to kill as many people as he could and then kill himself. Police also say Ybarra was hospitalized in recent years for mental health evaluations.

Law enforcement is still unsure of a motive in this shooting.


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