While Second Amendmenters may scratch their heads while making “ook ook” noises as they try in vain to explain how a “good guy” could possibly stop a “bad guy with a gun” without a…gun, the rest of the world will applaud the bravery of a Seattle Pacific University student whose quick thinking and bravery stopped twenty-six year old Aaron Ybarra before he could do more damage.
On Thursday, a long gunman opened fire inside Otto Miller Hall on the campus of Seattle Pacific University, a small Christian college in California at around 3:30 P.M. The man, armed with a knife and a shotgun. The still-unnamed poster boy for gun control managed to shoot four people, killing one, before he was subdued by Jon Meis, a student building monitor. Meis prevented the gunman from reloading his weapon with a blast of pepper spray.
“The gunman walked into Otto Miller Hall just after 3 p.m. armed with a shotgun and a knife and opened fire on three people,” said Seattle police Capt. Chris Fowler. “The gunman then began reloading when a student building monitor pepper-sprayed the shooter.”
“The shooter began to reload his shotgun and the student building monitor inside the hall confronted the shooter and was able to subdue the individual,” Fowler said. “Once on the ground, other students jumped on top of them and they were able to pin the shooter to the ground until police arrived.”
A 19-year-old victim died at Harborview Medical Center shortly after his arrival. A 20-year-old woman is in critical condition, and a 24-year old man is said to be in satisfactory condition. A fourth victim, a 22-year-old man, sustained minor injuries in a scuffle with the suspect, but was not shot.
We are still awaiting more details on the shooting, and will update you as they become available.