SEATTLE -- More than $60,000 has been donated online for the victims and hero of the shooting that left one dead and two injured at a small Seattle university.
As of Sunday afternoon, a fundraising page for Jon Meis, a student who pepper-sprayed and tackled the gunman Thursday at Seattle Pacific University, had grossed more than $44,000. A fundraising page to cover the costs of Paul Lee's funeral and Sarah Williams' medical care is nearing $13,000. Another page started by Williams' family had raised nearly $5,000. More donations are expected.
The outpouring of financial gifts and support followed days of mourning at the Christian university.
A lone gunman armed with a shotgun opened fire in a university building, killing 19-year-old Lee and wounding Williams, who remains hospitalized. The other injured person has been released from the hospital.
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People have donated nearly $22,000 in less than a day through an online fundraiser for the student who thwarted a shooting at a small Seattle university.
Jon Meis and other students stopped the gunman Thursday at Seattle Pacific University. Soon after Meis was identified, praise began to pour in on social media sites. Someone found Meis' wedding registry, and people quickly bought out the gifts listed.
Sports radio producer Jessamyn McIntyre then got the idea to begin a GoFundMe site for Meis and his fiancée's honeymoon and future. The site quickly went viral.
26-year-old suspect Aaron Ybarra was charged after the shooting that left a 19-year-old man dead and two other young people wounded. Police say the quick action by Meis likely saved lives.