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Jon Meis is taken from the shooting scene by medics at Seattle Pacific University on Thursday, June 5, 2014 in Seattle. A 19-year-old man was fatally shot and two other young people were wounded after a gunman entered the foyer at Otto Miller Hall on the Seattle Pacific University campus and started shooting Thursday afternoon. When the gunman paused to reload, a student building monitor disarmed him. Meis is the student monitor who is credited with stopping the suspected gunman, Aaron R. Ybarra, 26, by pepper spraying him and tackling him. (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

Jon Meis is taken from the shooting scene by medics at Seattle Pacific University on Thursday, June 5, 2014 in Seattle. A 19-year-old man was fatally shot and two other young people were wounded after a gunman entered the foyer at Otto Miller Hall on the Seattle Pacific University campus and started shooting Thursday afternoon. When the gunman paused to reload, a student building monitor disarmed him. Meis is the student monitor who is credited with stopping the suspected gunman, Aaron R. Ybarra, 26, by pepper spraying him and tackling him. (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

Jon Meis is taken from the scene by medics after a shooting at Seattle Pacific University on Thursday, June 5, 2014 in Seattle. A 19-year-old man was fatally shot and two other young people were wounded after a gunman entered the foyer at Otto Miller Hall on the Seattle Pacific University campus and started shooting Thursday afternoon. When the gunman paused to reload, a student building monitor disarmed him. Meis is the student monitor who is credited with stopping the suspected gunman, Aaron R. Ybarra, 26, by pepper spraying him and tackling him. (AP Photo/seattlepi.com, Joshua Trujillo) MAGS OUT; NO SALES; SEATTLE TIMES OUT; TV OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT

Following the lift of a lockdown in the wake of a school shooting, Seattle Pacific University students pray together Thursday, June 5, 2014, on the campus of Seattle Pacific University in Seattle, Wash. A gunman fatally wounded one young man and seriously injured a 20-year-old woman before being disarmed by a student worker at the small college. Three men and one woman were injured in the shooting, which started at 3:25 p.m. on SPU’s Queen Anne neighborhood campus. One of the victims, a man in his 20s, died after being rushed to a hospital. (AP Photo/seattlepi.com, Jordan Stead)

With guns drawn, police officers enter a home believed to be tied to Aaron R. Ybarra, who was arrested Thursday, June 5, 2014 following a shooting at Seattle Pacific University in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Seattle Police officers walk past a home believed to be tied to Aaron R. Ybarra, who was arrested Thursday, June 5, 2014 following a shooting at Seattle Pacific University in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

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SEATTLE (AP) — The man blasting away with a shotgun paused to reload, and Jon Meis saw his chance.

The 22-year-old building monitor pepper-sprayed and tackled the gunman Thursday afternoon in Seattle Pacific University’s Otto Miller Hall, likely preventing further carnage, according to police and university officials. Meis and other students subdued him until officers arrived and handcuffed him moments later.

Police said the shooter, who killed a 19-year-old man and wounded two other young people, had additional rounds and a knife.

“I’m proud of the selfless actions that my roommate, Jon Meis, showed today taking down the shooter,” fellow student Matt Garcia wrote on Twitter. “He is a hero.”

Meis, a dean’s list electrical engineering student, was emotionally anguished but not injured in the shooting, Harborview Medical Center spokeswoman Susan Gregg said Friday. He was treated and released from the hospital.

The campus of the small, private, Christian university about 10 minutes north of downtown Seattle was quiet the morning after the shooting, with a service planned at midday. Flowers and candles were laid on the street near Otto Miller Hall, which was taped off as a crime scene. People stopped by the makeshift memorial to pay their respects, and some students milled about or prayed in groups.

Few details had emerged about the man arrested in the shooting, Aaron R. Ybarra, 26. He was booked into the King County Jail late Thursday for investigation of homicide, according to police and the jail roster, and he was scheduled to make an initial appearance in a jail courtroom Friday afternoon.

“We just hope he’s safe,” the suspect’s father, Ambrose Ybarra, told The Seattle Times on Thursday. “It’s upsetting to have these accusations thrown around. We’re in emergency mode. We are trying to stay calm.”

Phone messages left by The Associated Press for Ybarra’s family were not immediately returned. Ybarra is not a student at the school, police said.

Investigators searched a house in the north Seattle suburb of Mountlake Terrace believed to be tied to Ybarra late Thursday.

The victims included a critically wounded 19-year-old woman who remained in intensive care Friday and a 24-year-old man in satisfactory condition, Gregg said. Their identities had not been released.

Meis kept a low profile the day after the shooting, asking friends not to speak with reporters.

“I am currently respecting Jon’s privacy and I have no comment,” Garcia wrote in an email to the AP.

But another roommate, Ryan Salgado, on Thursday gave The Seattle Times a detailed account of what happened, as relayed to him by Meis. Salgado said Meis seemed to be in shock afterward.

Meis typically carries pepper spray with him wherever he goes, because he likes to be prepared, Salgado said.

“There are a number of heroes in this,” Assistant Police Chief Paul McDonagh said Thursday. “The people around (the gunman) stepped up.”

He added:

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