A gunman is in custody after four people were shot on the campus of a Seattle Christian university on Thursday. The campus of Seattle Pacific University, a private Christian university with an enrollment of about 4,000 students, was locked down, and students and staff were evacuated from Otto Miller Hall after the gunfire erupted at around 3:30 p.m.
“I was in physics and people heard a loud bang – we thought it was a science experiment. We heard crying and yelling outside our door. We walked out and there were blood stains all over the carpet,” student Jordan Heff said of the events.
Four people were shot by the gunman, who entered Otto Miller Hall and began shooting. As he was reloading, SPU staff managed to disarm him and hold him for police. According to the Seattle Times, the shooter was armed with either a rifle or a shotgun. Initially, police said that a second shooter was being sought, but later said only one gunman was involved.
According to the Seattle Times, three of the four victims have confirmed gunshot wounds. Harborview Medical Center reports that one of the male victims has died. A 20-year old female is in critical condition. Two other male victims are in satisfactory condition, according to Harborview. Three of the four victims are confirmed to have gunshot wounds.
This is a developing story, and we will have more information as it becomes available.