SEATTLE, Wash. -- Four people suffered gunshot wounds, including a young man who has died, after a lone gunman opened fire at Seattle Pacific University late Thursday afternoon, according to the Seattle Police Department.
Police said the shooter went into a classroom at Otto Miller Hall and shot at least four people. When he paused to reload his shotgun, staff members attacked and disarmed him.
A 20-year-old man died at the hospital and a woman in her 20s also suffered life-threatening injuries, police said. Two other victims, also in their 20s, have been upgraded to satisfactory condition.
Otto Miller Hall has now been evacuated. SWATofficers were also going through each building on campus and safely clearing each one.
Police pepper-sprayed the shooter and took him into custody on campus. They were initially searching for a second suspect, but said that was no longer the case shortly before 4:30 p.m.
The shooting reportedly started just before 4 p.m., near 3rd Avenue West and West Nickerson. SPU officials also quickly put the university into lockdown.
Students were advised to stay indoors, close window coverings and move away from the windows.
The very first alert sent to the media described the shooter as a white man with a handgun. Police later said he had a shotgun.
Seattle Pacific University is a private Christian college located on the north slope of Queen Anne Hill. It was founded in 1891 by the Oregon and Washington Conference of the Free Methodist Church as the Seattle Seminary and has a little more than 4,000 students.
The SPU website had a special panel across the top of its homepage which explained that the university was in lockdown and all classes were canceled. It also said, Our heartfelt prayers are with our entire community.
Thursday night, prayer groups were already forming in and around the campus as well.