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911 calls in shooting released

Police: gunman was tackled by student

  • 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 he 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

    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 he 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

  • 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

    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

  • A woman cries as she sits with others near a prayer circle on the campus of Seattle Pacific University, Friday, June 6, 2014 in Seattle. Classes were cancelled Friday following a shooting at Otto Miller Hall Thursday afternoon.   A 19-year-old man was fatally shot and two other young people were wounded after a gunman entered the foyer  and started shooting.  Aaron R. Ybarra, 26, was booked into the King County Jail late Thursday for investigation of homicide, according to police and the jail roster. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

    A woman cries as she sits with others near a prayer circle on the campus of Seattle Pacific University, Friday, June 6, 2014 in Seattle. Classes were cancelled Friday following a shooting at Otto Miller Hall Thursday afternoon. A 19-year-old man was fatally shot and two other young people were wounded after a gunman entered the foyer and started shooting. Aaron R. Ybarra, 26, was booked into the King County Jail late Thursday for investigation of homicide, according to police and the jail roster. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

  • Two women embrace near a prayer circle on the campus of Seattle Pacific University, Friday, June 6, 2014 in Seattle. Classes were canceled Friday following a shooting at Otto Miller Hall Thursday afternoon. A 19-year-old man was fatally shot and two other young people were wounded after a gunman entered the foyer  and started shooting.  Aaron R. Ybarra, 26, was booked into the King County Jail late Thursday for investigation of homicide, according to police and the jail roster. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

    Two women embrace near a prayer circle on the campus of Seattle Pacific University, Friday, June 6, 2014 in Seattle. Classes were canceled Friday following a shooting at Otto Miller Hall Thursday afternoon. A 19-year-old man was fatally shot and two other young people were wounded after a gunman entered the foyer and started shooting. Aaron R. Ybarra, 26, was booked into the King County Jail late Thursday for investigation of homicide, according to police and the jail roster. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

  • Police tape blocks the entrance to Otto Miller Hall at Seattle Pacific University Friday, June 6, 2014 in Seattle, where a shooting took place Thursday afternoon.  A 19-year-old man was fatally shot and two other young people were wounded after a gunman entered the foyer  and started shooting.  Aaron R. Ybarra, 26, was booked into the King County Jail late Thursday for investigation of homicide, according to police and the jail roster. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

    Police tape blocks the entrance to Otto Miller Hall at Seattle Pacific University Friday, June 6, 2014 in Seattle, where a shooting took place Thursday afternoon. A 19-year-old man was fatally shot and two other young people were wounded after a gunman entered the foyer and started shooting. Aaron R. Ybarra, 26, was booked into the King County Jail late Thursday for investigation of homicide, according to police and the jail roster. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

  • Chelsea Yarbro, a senior in apparel design at Seattle Pacific University, places flowers at a memorial near Otto Miller Hall, Friday, June 6, 2014 in Seattle, where a shooting took place. A 19-year-old man was fatally shot and two other young people were wounded after the gunman entered the foyer of a Seattle Pacific University building and started shooting Thursday afternoon.  (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

    Chelsea Yarbro, a senior in apparel design at Seattle Pacific University, places flowers at a memorial near Otto Miller Hall, Friday, June 6, 2014 in Seattle, where a shooting took place. A 19-year-old man was fatally shot and two other young people were wounded after the gunman entered the foyer of a Seattle Pacific University building and started shooting Thursday afternoon. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

  • SPU President Dan Martin, center, prays with university trustee Matt Whitehead and Geoff Smith, right, in the Free Methodist church after a shooting at Seattle Pacific University on Thursday, June 5, 2014. A man that shot students was disarmed by others at the scene.  (AP Photo/seattlepi.com, Joshua Trujillo)

    SPU President Dan Martin, center, prays with university trustee Matt Whitehead and Geoff Smith, right, in the Free Methodist church after a shooting at Seattle Pacific University on Thursday, June 5, 2014. A man that shot students was disarmed by others at the scene. (AP Photo/seattlepi.com, Joshua Trujillo)

  • Seattle Pacific University students and faculty pray together at First Free Methodist Church following a campus shooting that left one dead and multiple injured Thursday, June 5, 2014, near Seattle Pacific University in Seattle, Wash.(AP Photo/seattlepi.com, Jordan Stead)

    Seattle Pacific University students and faculty pray together at First Free Methodist Church following a campus shooting that left one dead and multiple injured Thursday, June 5, 2014, near Seattle Pacific University in Seattle, Wash.(AP Photo/seattlepi.com, Jordan Stead)

  • 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 he 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
  • 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
  • A woman cries as she sits with others near a prayer circle on the campus of Seattle Pacific University, Friday, June 6, 2014 in Seattle. Classes were cancelled Friday following a shooting at Otto Miller Hall Thursday afternoon.   A 19-year-old man was fatally shot and two other young people were wounded after a gunman entered the foyer  and started shooting.  Aaron R. Ybarra, 26, was booked into the King County Jail late Thursday for investigation of homicide, according to police and the jail roster. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
  • Two women embrace near a prayer circle on the campus of Seattle Pacific University, Friday, June 6, 2014 in Seattle. Classes were canceled Friday following a shooting at Otto Miller Hall Thursday afternoon. A 19-year-old man was fatally shot and two other young people were wounded after a gunman entered the foyer  and started shooting.  Aaron R. Ybarra, 26, was booked into the King County Jail late Thursday for investigation of homicide, according to police and the jail roster. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
  • Police tape blocks the entrance to Otto Miller Hall at Seattle Pacific University Friday, June 6, 2014 in Seattle, where a shooting took place Thursday afternoon.  A 19-year-old man was fatally shot and two other young people were wounded after a gunman entered the foyer  and started shooting.  Aaron R. Ybarra, 26, was booked into the King County Jail late Thursday for investigation of homicide, according to police and the jail roster. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
  • Chelsea Yarbro, a senior in apparel design at Seattle Pacific University, places flowers at a memorial near Otto Miller Hall, Friday, June 6, 2014 in Seattle, where a shooting took place. A 19-year-old man was fatally shot and two other young people were wounded after the gunman entered the foyer of a Seattle Pacific University building and started shooting Thursday afternoon.  (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
  • SPU President Dan Martin, center, prays with university trustee Matt Whitehead and Geoff Smith, right, in the Free Methodist church after a shooting at Seattle Pacific University on Thursday, June 5, 2014. A man that shot students was disarmed by others at the scene.  (AP Photo/seattlepi.com, Joshua Trujillo)
  • Seattle Pacific University students and faculty pray together at First Free Methodist Church following a campus shooting that left one dead and multiple injured Thursday, June 5, 2014, near Seattle Pacific University in Seattle, Wash.(AP Photo/seattlepi.com, Jordan Stead)

One student talks to 911 operators while a classmate attempts to tend to his bleeding neck and chest. Two other callers after witnessing the shooting at a small Seattle university calmly describe their location, the shooter and the chilling scene.

“He walked up behind this guy,” the caller said, adding moments later: “There were two people standing there. And this guy walked up behind one of them, lifted his rifle and shot directly.”

A day after a lone gunman armed with a shotgun opened fire at Seattle Pacific University, the Seattle police released three 911 calls recorded shortly after the shooting. The calls reflect a mix of shock, calmness and swift action by students, witnesses and faculty.

The 911 calls show “the remarkable calm and resourcefulness of students, faculty, and other witnesses,” the police wrote.

The police said the shooter, who killed a 19-year-old freshman student and wounded two other young people, had 50 additional shotgun shells and a hunting knife. He said after his arrest that he wanted to kill as many people as possible before taking his own life, the Seattle police wrote in a statement filed in court Friday.

The suspect, Aaron Ybarra, 26, was ordered held without bail Friday. He was arrested at the scene after a student tackled him when he was reloading his shotgun, the police said.

In one of the recordings, a student calls 911 after his classmate runs into a classroom bleeding from the neck. Operators then talk to the wounded student in an attempt to get a description of the suspect.

“There’s someone shot. I was hit with shrapnel,” the student said. “Looks like birdshot according to the person that is patching me up.”

“Someone was hit directly . . . and immediately fell,” he adds.

After the student who died was identified as Paul Lee from Portland, Ore., students began mourning their classmate, leaving notes, posting a picture and praying at a makeshift flower memorial near Otto Miller hall, where the shooting happened.

Lee’s friend and classmate Ben Purcell said he was supposed to meet Lee to study on the hour the shooting happened, but was running late.

“He went over and got shot,” Purcell said, shortly after praying at the memorial Friday. He had learned two hours earlier Lee was the man killed.

“Paul cared about God and people in a special way. And that’s what I want to do, too,” Purcell said.

Purcell also left a note on the memorial. It said in part: “I wish we had gotten together earlier to study, because then you wouldn’t have been shot.”

Wounded in the shooting were Sarah Williams, 19, who remained in intensive care yesterday, and Thomas Fowler, 24, who has been discharged.

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