SEATTLE — A lone gunman armed with a shotgun opened fire Thursday in a building at a small Seattle university, fatally wounding one person and injuring three others before a student subdued him with pepper spray as he tried to reload, Seattle police said.
A student building monitor at Seattle Pacific University disarmed the gunman and several other students jumped on top of him and pinned him until police arrived at the building, Otto Miller Hall, police said.
A 19-year-old man died at the hospital and a critically injured 20-year-old woman was taken to surgery, Harborview Medical Center spokeswoman Susan Gregg said. A 24-year-old man and a 22-year-old man were in satisfactory condition. None of the victims was immediately identified.
The afternoon shooting came a week before the end of the school year, and the situation was particularly tense when police initially reported that they were searching for a second suspect. They later said no one else was involved.
The university locked down the campus for several hours, and it alerted students and staff to stay inside. Some students were taking finals in the same building as the shooter.
The school canceled classes Thursday evening, and it planned to hold a prayer service.
“We’re a community that relies on Jesus Christ for strength, and we’ll need that at this point in time,” said Daniel Martin, president of Seattle Pacific.
About 4,270 students attend the private, Christian university. Its 40-acre campus is in a leafy residential neighborhood about 10 minutes from downtown Seattle.
The incident follows a spate of recent shootings on or near college campuses.
According to police, Elliot Rodger killed six people and injured seven last month before turning his gun on himself in a rampage in Isla Vista, Calif., near two universities.
Seven people were killed and three injured when a 43-year-old former student opened fire at a tiny Christian school, Oikos University, in Oakland, Calif., in 2012.