A judge this afternoon ordered Aaron Rey Ybarra held without bail on investigation of first-degree murder and first-degree assault in connection with the shootings yesterday at Seattle Pacific University.
Ybarra appeared in the King County Jail courtroom but didn’t say anything during the brief hearing.
Ybarra was ordered held without bail after the prosecution argued that the sheer “propensity of violence” should bar his release. Defense attorney Ramona Brandes did not argue for King County District Court Judge Mark Chow to set bail.
Meanwhile, an affidavit of probable cause outlining the police case said Ybarra was armed with a shotgun, hunting knife and at least 50 rounds of ammunition when he was arrested.
He later admitted to detectives that he was the shooter, the affidavit said. He said he had been planning a mass shooting and wanted to kill as many people as possible before taking his own life. The document does not give a motive.
Ybarra’s next court appearance is scheduled for Tuesday afternoon.
Killed in the shooting was SPU student Paul Lee, 19. A 19-year-old woman wounded in the shooting was upgraded from critical to serious condition at Harborview Medical Center. A 24-year-old man also is in serious condition at the hospital.
Seattle police today released 911 recordings of people who called to report the shootings. In one, a male caller tells a 911 dispatcher,“I’m a student at Seattle Pacific University. We’ve heard what sounded like shots being fired … I heard an explosion and I just had someone run in here and he’s bleeding from the neck.”
In another, a woman said she was driving by the university when she saw “two people standing there and this guy walked up behind one of them, lifted his rifle and shot directly into the back of his head.”
In another recording, a wounded male can be heard calmly telling a 911 operator, “I think I got hit with birdshot or something.”