(Reuters) – At least four people were shot and wounded on Thursday at Seattle Pacific University and the suspect was taken into custody, Seattle police and fire department officials said.
The Seattle Times newspaper put the number of wounded higher, at seven, none fatally wounded, and said that police were evacuating Otto Miller Hall on campus.
But police said via Twitter that just four people were struck by gunfire, leaving one man and one woman with life-threatening injuries and one man and one woman in stable condition.
Circumstances of the late-afternoon shooting in the upscale Seattle suburb of Queen Anne, a normally quiet residential neighborhood, were not immediately clear.
But one student, Blake Oliveira, 21, who was taking a physics course in Otto Miller Hall at the time, told Reuters he heard a gunshot outside the classroom, followed by the sound of running footsteps, which he presumed to be the gunman.
He said he also caught a glimpse of blood afterward. His professor instructed the students to stay put in the classroom, and the door was locked, Oliveira said.
Seattle police had initially said via Twitter that four people were confirmed shot but later downgraded that to three, only to revise the official number back up to four a short time later.
The school said on its website that the campus was placed on a security lockdown as a result of the shooting.
Seattle Pacific University is a Methodist liberal arts college about 4 miles (6.4 km) north of Seattle’s downtown, with about 4,000 students enrolled.
(Addititional reporting by Bill Rigby, and Cynthia Johnston from Las Vegas; Writing by Steve Gorman; Editing by Sandra Maler)