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Multiple casualties in Seattle campus shooting, gunman in custody

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Law enforcement officials in Seattle say there are at least four victims, two males and two females injured in a shooting on Thursday on the campus of Seattle Pacific University. Seattle Police say one suspect is in custody and it is unclear if a second person armed with a handgun remains at large.

The Seattle Pacific University campus remains on lockdown and students and staff were evacuated from Otto Miller Hall after the shooting, which happened just about 3:30 p.m. PT near 3rd Ave.West and West Nickerson Street

Seattle Police tweeted a description of a suspect as a white male wearing a long sleeve blue shirt with vertical stripes. Two male and two female victims have been transported to local hospitals, one man and one woman sustained life-threatening injuries. Two others, police said, were listed in stable condition.

The Seattle Fire Department tweeted that medics were on the way to Harborview Medical Center with one male victim and were administering ongoing CPR to him.

Universities and schools have increasingly become the crime scene of a deadly mass shootings. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the FBI government are partnering with state and local governments to develop prevention and enforcement programs to protect universities and schools across the United States.

Public safety experts argue that because there is no nationwide standard for measuring emergency response times when tragedy strikes, even in the best case scenario when emergency responders arrive on the scene within 5-7 minutes after a 911 call of an active shooter - the damage is done.

Seattle officials are expected to hold a news conference soon, check back for details.



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