Student Helped Subdue Gunman on Seattle Pacific Campus; Suspect Identified as Aaron Ybarra

Authorities gather at the scene of a shooting, June 5, 2014 at Seattle Pacific University in Seattle. (Ted S. Warren/AP Photo)
Authorities gather at the scene of a shooting, June 5, 2014 at Seattle Pacific University in Seattle. (Ted S. Warren/AP Photo)

A student building monitor disarmed a gunman at Seattle Pacific University Thursday, subduing him with pepper spray as he tried to reload, police said, helping to end an attack that left one student dead and three others injured.

Several other people jumped on top of the man and pinned him down until officers arrived, police said.

“There are a number of heroes in this,” Assistant Police Chief Paul McDonagh said at a press conference. “The people around him (the gunman) stepped up.”

Authorities have identified the suspected gunman as Aaron R. Ybarra, 26. Ybarra is being held without bail in King County Jail on homicide charges, according to jail records.

At an earlier news conference, McDonagh said the man in custody was not a student at the school.

A 19-year-old man died at Harborview Medical Center in the incident. Three other people were also taken to the hospital. A critically wounded 20-year-old woman was in intensive care late Thursday night after about five hours in surgery, hospital spokeswoman Susan Gregg said. A 24-year-old man was hospitalized in satisfactory condition. A Seattle Fire Department official said the man suffered “pellet type wounds” to his neck and chest.

A 22-year-old man was treated and released, Gregg said. Police said he suffered minor injuries during the struggle with the suspect.

None of the victims was immediately identified.

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SOURCE: ABC News

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