A Seattle Pacific University student tackled a gunman who was reloading his shotgun after killing one student and wounding two others inside a campus hall yesterday afternoon, the Seattle Times reports. The shooting unleashed a wave of terror across the school as it went into lockdown and students scrambled for cover. The suspect was identified as Aaron Ybarra, 26. Ybarra has had a few minor encounters with police in the past — for drunken driving and operating a vehicle without insurance — but he's never been arrested for anything violent.
The suspect carried extra shotgun shells, and also a knife. “He was hellbent on a killing a lot of people today,” said a law-enforcement source. Jon Meis, a student working as a building monitor, pepper-sprayed the shooter as he stopped to reload, then put him in a chokehold and took him to the ground. Then other students and faculty members rushed to hold the shooter down until police arrived. Until it was clear that only one shooter was responsible, students barricaded themselves, pulled blinds and waited for word that they were safe. Medics were forced to wait outside until police were sure there was no more danger. “It was super-terrifying,” said sophomore Kharis Lund. “There were a lot of people crying and calling their parents.”