Prosecutors Filed Charges SPU Gunman Faces

Prosecutors have filed murder and attempted murder charges against the man accused of killing one person and wounding two others in a shooting at Seattle Pacific University.

King County prosecutor Dan Satterberg said Tuesday that 26-year-old Aaron Ybarra of Mountlake Terrace will face one count of first-degree murder and two counts of attempted murder in the first degree.

Satterberg said the sentencing range for the charges is 69 to 86 years in prison, but authorities will seek an exceptional sentence of life in prison.

Ybarra was pepper-sprayed and wrestled to the floor by a student security monitor and held for police officers responding to Thursday's shooting.

Ybarra was held without bail and has been on suicide watch at King County Jail. His lawyer says he has a long history of mental problems.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)



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Prosecutors in King County, Washington will announce charges the Seattle Pacific University gunman will face Tuesday.

Aaron Rey Ybarra is being held without bond at the Kings County Jail on homicide charges.

Ybarra has confessed to the shootings, which left a 19-year-old freshman student dead and three others wounded.

Police records show Ybarra has a history of mental illness issues.

Ybarra was involuntary committed twice for mental health evaluations after incidents with police.



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Classes are cancelled Friday at a university in Seattle after a gunman opened fire killing one person.

A student monitor at Seattle Pacific University took down the gunman while he was reloading his gun.

The monitor pepper sprayed and wrestled the man to the ground.

Police say the suspect 26-year-old Aaron Ybarra entered a science building Thursday, armed with a gun and knife, and began shooting.

The gunshots killed one person and injured three others.

Police say Ybarra is not a student at SPU. Ybarra has not yet been formally charged.



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Seattle Pacific University has confirmed the identity of the student who stopped a gunman on campus, possibly saving lives.

Jon Meis (MEES') was acting as a student building monitor Thursday when the gunman entered the foyer at Otto Miller Hall and started shooting. A 19-year-old man was killed and two other young people were wounded.

Police say that as the gunman paused to reload, the 22-year-old Meis pepper-sprayed him and subdued him with the help of others.

One of Meis' roommates, Ryan Salgado, told The Seattle Times he seemed to be in shock afterward. A spokeswoman at Seattle's Harborview Medical Center said Friday Meis wasn't injured, but was suffering from mental anguish and was treated and released on Thursday.

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A hospital in Seattle says a woman seriously wounded in a deadly shooting at Seattle Pacific University is out of surgery and in intensive care.

Police say a 26-year-old man opened fire Thursday at the school, killing a 19-year-old man and wounding three people.

Police say a student disarmed the gunman and several other students jumped on top of him and pinned him down until police arrived.

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Seattle police say the suspect in a shooting at a small university that left one dead was not a student.

At a news conference Thursday night, police said the suspect in custody was a white male "approximately 26 years of age."

He was armed with a shotgun and knife when he opened fire Thursday afternoon at a building at Seattle Pacific University. Police say a student building monitor subdued the gunman with pepper spray as he tried to reload.

A 19-year-old man died at Harborview Medical Center. Three other people were hospitalized.

Hospital spokeswoman Susan Gregg says a critically injured 20-year-old woman was taken to surgery. A 24-year-old man and a 22-year-old man were in satisfactory condition.

Gregg says one of those two men was not shot.

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The president of Seattle Pacific University says it's a community "that relies on Jesus Christ for strength" and that it needs to now.

A prayer vigil was held Thursday night, hours after a gunman opened fire with a shotgun, fatally wounded one person before students subdued him with pepper spray.

A 19-year-old man died at a hospital. Three other people were injured, one critically.

At the vigil, people packed the First Free Methodist Church on campus for a service of prayers and song. So many people crowded into the building that dozens of people gathered on a lawn near the church and formed their own groups as the sun set.

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Police say a Seattle Pacific University student on Thursday disarmed a lone gunman who entered a building and shot four people.

A hospital spokeswoman says one man has died and three other people are injured, one critically.

Police say the student building monitor disarmed the gunman as he was reloading. Several students held the gunman until police arrived.

Police say the gunman is under arrest. The Otto Miller building where the afternoon shooting took place has been secured.

Harborview Medical Center spokeswoman Susan Gregg says a man in his 20s has died and a critically injured 20-year-old woman has been taken to surgery. Gregg says a 24-year-old man and a 22-year-old man are in satisfactory condition.

Gregg says the hospital is not expecting any more injured people from the shooting.

About 4,270 students attend the private Christian university, located in a residential neighborhood about 10 minutes from downtown Seattle.

The incident follows a spate of recent shootings on or near college campuses.

Last month, according to police, Elliot Rodger killed six people and injured seven before turning his gun on himself in a rampage in Isla Vista, California, near two universities.


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