Police: College student disarmed Seattle gunman

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Brianna Clarke, a student at Seattle Pacific University, cries as she talks on her phone at the scene of a shooting Thursday, June 5, 2014 at Seattle Pacific University in Seattle. About 4,270 students attend the private Christian university, located in a residential neighborhood about 10 minutes from downtown Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Brianna Clarke, a student at Seattle Pacific University, cries as she talks on her phone at the scene of a shooting Thursday, June 5, 2014 at Seattle Pacific University in Seattle. About 4,270 students attend the private Christian university, located in a residential neighborhood about 10 minutes from downtown Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Dan Martin, left, President of Seattle Pacific University, speaks at a prayer service at the First Free Methodist Church Thursday, June 5, 2014 at Seattle Pacific University in Seattle, where a shooting took place Thursday afternoon.(AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Students from Seattle Pacific University gather outside in a spontaneous prayer circle after a church service was full, following a shooting on the campus of the university Thursday, June 5, 2014, in Seattle. A lone gunman armed with a shotgun opened fire in a building on the campus, killing one person before he was subdued by a student as he tried to reload, police said. Police say the student building monitor at the university disarmed the gunman and several other students held him until police arrived at the Otto Miller building. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Police officers conduct body searches on students after a shooting occurred on the Seattle Pacific University campus Thursday, June 5, 2014, in Seattle. The university posted online Thursday that “the campus is in lockdown due to a shooting near Otto Miller Hall.” (AP Photo/The Seattle Times, Dean Rutz) SEATTLE OUT; USA TODAY OUT; MAGS OUT; TELEVISION OUT; NO SALES; MANDATORY CREDIT TO BOTH THE SEATTLE TIMES AND THE PHOTOGRAPHER

Emergency personnel arrive on the scene near a shooting on the Seattle Pacific University campus Thursday, June 5, 2014, in Seattle. The university posted online Thursday that “the campus is in lockdown due to a shooting near Otto Miller Hall. (AP Photo/The Seattle Times, Dean Rutz) SEATTLE OUT; USA TODAY OUT; MAGS OUT; TELEVISION OUT; NO SALES; MANDATORY CREDIT TO BOTH THE SEATTLE TIMES AND THE PHOTOGRAPHER

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SEATTLE (AP) — A lone gunman armed with a shotgun and knife opened fire Thursday in a building at a small Seattle university, fatally wounding one person before a student subdued him with pepper spray as he tried to reload, police said.

A student building monitor at Seattle Pacific University disarmed the gunman after he entered the foyer at Otto Miller Hall, and several other people jumped on top of him and pinned him down until police officers arrived, police said.

A 19-year-old man died at Harborview Medical Center. Three other people were also taken to the hospital. A critically injured 20-year-old woman was taken to surgery, hospital spokeswoman Susan Gregg said. A 24-year-old man and a 22-year-old man were in satisfactory condition. One of those two men was not shot, Gregg said.

None of the victims was immediately identified.

At a news conference Thursday night, Assistant Police Chief Paul McDonagh said the suspect in custody was a white male “approximately 26 years of age” who was not a student at the school. McDonagh said his name would not be released until he’s booked into jail for investigation of murder.

The afternoon shooting came a week before the end of the school year, and the situation was particularly tense when police initially reported that they were searching for a second suspect.

“It appears the suspect acted alone,” McDonagh said. Initially, “there was a report of another person with a weapon, but (investigators) have not confirmed that.”

He said he did not know the gunman’s motive or intended target. Detectives are “working as quickly as we can to figure it out,” McDonagh said.

The university locked down its campus for several hours, and it alerted students and staff to stay inside. Some students were taking finals in the same building that the shooter entered.

“There are a number of heroes in this,” McDonagh said. “The people around him (the gunman) stepped up.”

Multiple shots were fired, and the gunman had additional rounds, McDonagh said.

“But for the great response by the people of Seattle Pacific, this incident might have been much more tragic,” he said.

Both the young man who died and the young woman suffered gunshot wounds to the body, Seattle Fire Assistant Chief Jay Hagen told the news conference. One of the less seriously injured men suffered “pellet-type wounds” to his neck and chest.

The fourth person taken to the hospital suffered minor injuries during the struggle with the suspect, police said.

On Thursday evening, 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.

“We’re a community that relies on Jesus Christ for strength, and we’ll need that at this point in time,” said Daniel Martin, president of Seattle Pacific University.

About 4,270 undergraduate and graduate students attend the private Christian university. Its 40-acre campus is in a leafy residential neighborhood about 10 minutes from downtown Seattle. The school canceled classes and other activities Friday.

Jillian Smith was taking a math test on the second floor of Otto Miller Hall when a lockdown was ordered.

She heard police yelling and banging on doors in the hallway. The professor locked the classroom door, and the 20 or so students sat on the ground, lining up at the front of the classroom.

“We were pretty much freaking out,” said Smith, 20, a sophomore. “People were texting family and friends, making sure everyone was OK.”

About 45 minutes later, police came and escorted them out of the building two by two, she said. On the

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