On Thursday afternoon, Seattle police were reportedly investigating the latest incident involving a gunman and a mass shooting. At Seattle Pacific University, at least one victim is said to be in critical condition, while four more are thought to have been injured.
The Seattle Times reported on Thursday afternoon that Seattle Police had been called to the SPU campus to investigate a shooting at Otto Miller Hall. The university building was evacuated, and the victims were taken to Harborview Medical Center.
Initial reports had multiple suspected shooters, though subsequent reports have narrowed that to a lone gunman driving a white Chevy S-10 pickup. That suspect is now in custody, according to Seattle police.
The gunman was reportedly armed with either a shotgun or a rifle.
Shortly after the shooting began, the Seattle Pacific University Campus reportedly went into lockdown, with email and text notifications being sent out to students and faculty. Witnesses on the scene describe hearing only emergency vehicles
Five shooting victims were taken from SPU to Harborview Medical Center. Their wounds are said to vary from minor to life-threatening. One is in critical condition.
The Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports that police responded quickly once shots were reported. They apprehended the shooter shortly after the incident was reported at 3:25 p.m. on the Queen Anne neighborhood campus.
The Post-Intelligencer notes the shocked atmosphere at SPU, a small Christian liberal arts university with fewer than 5,000 students enrolled.
“You never think it will happen here,” Erin O’Connell, director of Athletics for SPU, told the Post-Intelligencer. “It’s unimaginable.”
Lead image via The Seattle Times.