Gunman Kills One, Wounds Three at Christian College

Thursday, 05 Jun 2014 10:17 PM

 

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
A man armed with a shotgun opened fire on Thursday at a small Christian college in Seattle, killing one person and wounding three others before he was subdued by a group of students and arrested, Seattle police and hospital officials said.

The lone suspect entered an academic building of Seattle Pacific University in the ate afternoon and shot four people, then was disarmed as he paused to reload his gun and was pepper-sprayed by a student security guard, police said.

"Other students jumped on top of them, and they were able to pin the shooter to the ground until police arrived" minutes later, police Captain Chris Fowler told reporters on the scene.

One eyewitness, Chris Howard, a 22-year-old junior at the university, told Reuters he was in a classroom when one of the male victims rushed in, bleeding from the neck and told students to lock the doors.

Stepping outside the classroom moments later, Howard recounted, he saw the gunman lying on the floor with the student security monitor on top of him, surrounded by bullet shells, and saw a second victim with a tourniquet tied around a bleeding arm, being assisted by another student.

Howard said he also saw a gun and a knife lying on the floor nearby, and that the suspect appeared to be in his mid-30s. He did not believe the man was a student at the college.

Police later said they were interviewing the suspect, who was not publicly identified.

A representative of Harborview Medical Center in Seattle said four patients from the shooting were brought to the hospital and that one, a man in his 20s, had died.

Two other men, aged 22 and 24, were listed in satisfactory condition, and a 20-year-old woman was listed as critical and undergoing surgery, the hospital official said.

Police later said there were no other victims.

Further details of the shooting in the upscale Seattle suburb of Queen Anne, a normally quiet residential neighborhood, were not immediately clear, and authorities did not offer an explanation for any motive behind the gun violence.

Another student, Blake Oliveira, 21, who was taking a physics course in Otto Miller Hall at the time, told Reuters he heard a gunshot outside the classroom, followed by the sound of running footsteps, which he presumed to be the gunman.

He said he also caught a glimpse of blood afterward. His professor instructed the students to stay put in the classroom, and the door was locked, Oliveira said.

The school said on its website that the campus was placed on a security lockdown as a result of the shooting. The lockdown was later lifted.

Seattle Pacific University is a Methodist liberal arts college about 4 miles (6.4 km) north of Seattle's downtown, with about 4,000 students enrolled. The college website said students are subject to disciplinary action for such behavior as extramarital sex or homosexual activity and for the possession or use of alcohol. (Addititional reporting by Bill Rigby, and Cynthia Johnston from Las Vegas; Writing by Steve Gorman; Editing by Sandra Maler)

© 2014 Thomson/Reuters. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Air Force to Award New Stealth Bomber Contract in 2015

Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 19:22 PM

The Air Force will select a contractor to build the next generation of the stealth bomber by the middle of next year. . . .

Economist: US Military Spending Flat While Global Dangers Rise

Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 19:17 PM

The Pentagon budget lags behind the real cost of meeting the United States' military obligations "in a world that is gro . . .

NY State Introduces Bill to Legalize Recreational Pot

Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 18:25 PM

A New York state lawmaker is ready to introduce a bill legalizing marijuana for general use in January.
Democratic  . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved