One suspect arrested in connection with shooting attack at Seattle college
SEATTLE (Reuters) – At least three people were shot at Seattle Pacific University on Thursday, and the suspect was in custody, Seattle police said on social media.
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The Seattle Times newspaper put the number of wounded higher, at seven, none fatally, and said that police were evacuating Otto Miller Hall on campus, but a police spokesman at the scene confirmed only three victims.
Seattle police had initially said via twitter that four people were confirmed shot but later downgraded that to three, saying a SWAT team was searching the campus and that authorities were receiving conflicting information about the number of victims.
The school said on its website that it was in lockdown as a result of the shooting. There was no immediate word on the conditions of those wounded.
(Reporting by Cynthia Johnston and Bill Rigby; Editing by Sandra Maler)
Update, 8:07 p.m. EST: The Associated Press reported that one of the victims died at a local hospital.
Update, 8:41 p.m. EST: The AP also reported that police confirmed there were four victims in the attack. The three remaining victims are still being hospitalized. One of them, a 20-year-old woman, was taken into surgery in critical condition. The other two victims, a 24-year-old man and a 22-year-old man, were listed in “satisfactory” condition.
In addition, the Seattle Times reported that, according to police, the alleged gunman walked into Otto Miller Hall on campus and used a shotgun in the attack. He was subdued by students and one school staff member while attempting to reload.
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