The attorney for Aaron Rey Ybarra, the 26-year-old suspect in the shootings at Seattle Pacific University on Thursday, said her client was “very remorseful.”
“Mr. Ybarra has longstanding mental-health issues that were in play yesterday,” public defender Ramona Brandes said today. “He is feeling very remorseful about the pain he has caused these families and these victims. He offers them his apologies.”
Brandes said she met with Ybarra this morning at the King County Jail, where he is on suicide watch.
Brandes blamed Ybarra’s mental-health issues for the shootings. She said Ybarra has undergone mental-health treatment in the past. However, she said it is unclear whether he was currently in treatment.
One of his mental-health providers has not seen him in months, she said.
Brandes said Ybarra had recently been feeling “isolated from his family and society.” She said she didn’t know the reason for the shooting.
“He did not expect to be alive at the end of yesterday,” she said.