7 wounded, including gunman, in shooting at Seattle Pacific University

05 Jun

7 wounded, including gunman, in shooting at Seattle Pacific University
SEATTLE — At least six people have been shot at Seattle Pacific University and a suspect is in custody, Seattle police and fire officials said.Seattle fire officials say a gunman is also wounded.Four of the wounded have been taken to Harborview Medical Center, with two patients listed in life-threatening injuries and two others in stable condition, Seattle police and fire officials said.

Seattle police originally said they were looking for a second attacker but have since determined there is only the one suspect.

The incident happened just after 3 p.m. near the intersection of 3rd Ave. West and West Nickerson Street. Police report two victims were at Otto Miller Hall.

Witness Briana Clarke was inside Otto Miller Hall when the shots rang out. She was still unsure what was happening when she saw students running down the halls.

“I first heard two muffled shots that I thought were two helium balloons,” she said.

Clarke then said she saw five to seven injured students inside the building. When she went outside, she saw several more bloodied students.

“Seeing as how this is on a very, very safe campus in a very safe area made it much more shocking at first,” she said.

University counselor Karen Altus was in her office — less than a block from the crime scene — when she got an alert about the shooting.

“I’m in my office with four students with the blinds closed. The we’re sitting on the floor with the door locked, very scared,” she said.

Police officials say one person was in custody on the SPU campus and that officers and medics were on the scene. SPU officials report the campus is on lockdown and police are still searching campus for any potential additional suspects.

The situation is still fluid and more details will be posted as they become available.

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Posted by on June 5, 2014 in Uncategorized


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