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Shooting suspect Aaron Ybarra, left, is led in chains to a court hearing at a King County Jail courtroom Friday, June 6, 2014, in Seattle. Ybarra was arrested in the killing of a 19-year-old student and wounding of two other young people Thursday at Seattle Pacific University. Police say another student pepper-sprayed and tackled him. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson) (Elaine Thompson)

Shooting suspect Aaron Ybarra, left, is led in chains to a court hearing at a King County Jail courtroom Friday, June 6, 2014, in Seattle. Ybarra was arrested in the killing of a 19-year-old student and wounding of two other young people Thursday at Seattle Pacific University. Police say Jon Meis and other students subdued Ybarra until officers arrived and handcuffed him moments later. Meis, the 22-year-old building monitor, pepper-sprayed and tackled the gunman Thursday in Seattle Pacific University's Otto Miller Hall, likely preventing further carnage, according to police and university officials. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson) (Elaine Thompson)

A woman carries flowers past police tape blocking the entrance to Otto Miller Hall at Seattle Pacific University on Friday, June 6, 2014 in Seattle, where a shooting took place Thursday afternoon. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren) (Ted S. Warren)

An attendee at a prayer service at Seattle Pacific University raises her hand during a prayer, Friday, June 6, 2014 in Seattle, the day after a fatal shooting at the university. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren) (Ted S. Warren)

Students and other attendees stand in prayer in Royal Brougham Pavilion, which was being used as an overflow site for a broadcast of a prayer service at Seattle Pacific University Friday, June 6, 2014 in Seattle. The service was held a day after a fatal shooting at the school. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren) (Ted S. Warren)

Shooting suspect Aaron Ybarra is led to a court hearing at a King County Jail courtroom Friday, June 6, 2014, in Seattle. Ybarra was arrested in the killing of a 19-year-old student and wounding of two other young people Thursday at Seattle Pacific University. Police say Jon Meis and other students subdued Ybarra until officers arrived and handcuffed him moments later. Meis, the 22-year-old building monitor, pepper-sprayed and tackled the gunman Thursday in Seattle Pacific University's Otto Miller Hall, likely preventing further carnage, according to police and university officials. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson) (Elaine Thompson)

Jon Meis is taken from the scene by medics after a shooting at Seattle Pacific University on Thursday, June 5, 2014 in Seattle. A 19-year-old man was fatally shot and two other young people were wounded after a gunman entered the foyer at Otto Miller Hall on the Seattle Pacific University campus and started shooting Thursday afternoon. When he paused to reload, a student building monitor disarmed him. Meis is the student monitor who is credited with stopping the suspected gunman, Aaron R. Ybarra, 26, by pepper spraying him and tackling him. (AP Photo/seattlepi.com, Joshua Trujillo) MAGS OUT; NO SALES; SEATTLE TIMES OUT; TV OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT (Joshua Trujillo)

Jon Meis is taken from the scene by medics after a shooting at Seattle Pacific University on Thursday, June 5, 2014 in Seattle. A 19-year-old man was fatally shot and two other young people were wounded after a gunman entered the foyer at Otto Miller Hall on the Seattle Pacific University campus and started shooting Thursday afternoon. When the gunman paused to reload, a student building monitor disarmed him. Meis is the student monitor who is credited with stopping the suspected gunman, Aaron R. Ybarra, 26, by pepper spraying him and tackling him. (AP Photo/seattlepi.com, Joshua Trujillo) MAGS OUT; NO SALES; SEATTLE TIMES OUT; TV OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT (Joshua Trujillo)

A woman cries as she sits with others near a prayer circle on the campus of Seattle Pacific University, Friday, June 6, 2014 in Seattle. Classes were cancelled Friday following a shooting at Otto Miller Hall Thursday afternoon. A 19-year-old man was fatally shot and two other young people were wounded after a gunman entered the foyer and started shooting. Aaron R. Ybarra, 26, was booked into the King County Jail late Thursday for investigation of homicide, according to police and the jail roster. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren) (Ted S. Warren)

Two women embrace near a prayer circle on the campus of Seattle Pacific University, Friday, June 6, 2014 in Seattle. Classes were canceled Friday following a shooting at Otto Miller Hall Thursday afternoon. A 19-year-old man was fatally shot and two other young people were wounded after a gunman entered the foyer and started shooting. Aaron R. Ybarra, 26, was booked into the King County Jail late Thursday for investigation of homicide, according to police and the jail roster. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren) (Ted S. Warren)

Police tape blocks the entrance to Otto Miller Hall at Seattle Pacific University Friday, June 6, 2014 in Seattle, where a shooting took place Thursday afternoon. A 19-year-old man was fatally shot and two other young people were wounded after a gunman entered the foyer and started shooting. Aaron R. Ybarra, 26, was booked into the King County Jail late Thursday for investigation of homicide, according to police and the jail roster. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren) (Ted S. Warren)

Chelsea Yarbro, a senior in apparel design at Seattle Pacific University, places flowers at a memorial near Otto Miller Hall, Friday, June 6, 2014 in Seattle, where a shooting took place. A 19-year-old man was fatally shot and two other young people were wounded after the gunman entered the foyer of a Seattle Pacific University building and started shooting Thursday afternoon. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren) (Ted S. Warren)

SPU President Dan Martin, center, prays with university trustee Matt Whitehead and Geoff Smith, right, in the Free Methodist church after a shooting at Seattle Pacific University on Thursday, June 5, 2014. A man that shot students was disarmed by others at the scene. (AP Photo/seattlepi.com, Joshua Trujillo) (Joshua Trujillo)

Seattle Pacific University students and faculty pray together at First Free Methodist Church following a campus shooting that left one dead and multiple injured Thursday, June 5, 2014, near Seattle Pacific University in Seattle, Wash.(AP Photo/seattlepi.com, Jordan Stead) (Jordan Stead)

The Storm's Nicole Powell and Alysha Clark participate in a moment of silence for the victims of Thursday's Seattle Pacific University shooting before their game against the Minnesota Lynx at KeyArena on Friday, June 6, 2014. The Storm beat the Lynx 65-62 in a close game to improve to a 3-6 win-loss record for the season. Much of the team was caught in yesterday's lockdown on campus as they practiced at Royal Brougham Pavilion across the street from Otto Miller Hall, where the shooting occurred. (AP Photo/The Seattle Times, Lindsey Wasson) (LINDSEY WASSON)

Seattle Pacific University shooting suspect Aaron Rey Ybarra is led into court Friday afternoon, June 6, 2014, in Seattle. (AP Photo/The Seattle Times, Greg Gilbert) OUTS: SEATTLE OUT, USA TODAY OUT, MAGAZINES OUT, TELEVISION OUT, SALES OUT. MANDATORY CREDIT: GREG GILBERT/THE SEATTLE TIMES. (Greg Gilbert)
911 calls from Seattle campus shooting released
Police release 911 calls from Seattle campus shooting: "Someone was hit directly."

Posted on June 8, 2014 at 4:22 a.m.

SEATTLE (AP) — One student talks to 911 operators while a classmate attempts to tend to his bleeding neck and chest. Two other callers after witnessing the shooting at a small Seattle university calmly describe their location, the shooter and the chilling scene.

“He walked up behind this guy,” the caller said, adding moments later: “There were two people standing there. And this guy walked up behind one of them, lifted his rifle and shot directly.”

A day after a lone gunman armed with a shotgun opened fire at Seattle Pacific University, Seattle police released three 911 calls recorded shortly after the shooting. The calls reflect a mix of shock, calmness and swift action by students, witnesses and faculty.

The 911 calls show “the remarkable calm and resourcefulness of students, faculty, and other witnesses,” police wrote.

Police said the shooter, who killed a 19-year-old freshman student and wounded two other young people, had 50 additional shotgun shells and a hunting knife. He said after his arrest that he wanted to kill as many people as possible before taking his own life, Seattle police wrote in a statement filed in court Friday.

The suspect, Aaron Ybarra, 26, was ordered held without bail on Friday. He was arrested at the scene after a student tackled him when he was reloading his shotgun, police said.

In one of the recordings, a student calls 911 after his classmate runs into a classroom bleeding from the neck. Operators then talk to the wounded student in an attempt to get a description of the suspect.

“There’s someone shot. I was hit with shrapnel,” the student said. “Looks like birdshot according to the person that is patching me up.”

“Someone was hit directly... and immediately fell,” he adds.

After the student who died was identified as Paul Lee from Portland, Oregon, students began mourning their classmate, leaving notes, posting a picture and praying at a makeshift flower memorial near Otto Miller hall, where the shooting happened.

Lee’s friend and classmate Ben Purcell said he was supposed to meet Lee to study on the hour the shooting happened, but was running late. Lee went ahead to Otto Miller without Purcell.

“Paul cared about God and people in a special way. And that’s what I want to do too,” Purcell said.

Purcell also left a note on the memorial. It said in part: “I wish we had gotten together earlier to study, because then you wouldn’t have been shot.”

The school issued a statement Saturday, saying Lee “is described by professors as always positive, and with a great wit. His sense of humor was contagious; he was outgoing and well loved by others. Paul was also known for his deep faith.”

A fundraiser has also been launched to cover the funeral costs of Lee.

Seattle Pacific University alumnus Michael Hasegawa-Yun started the page on GiveForward.com and quickly surpassed the original $5,000 goal. The site had raised more than $6,000 by Saturday afternoon. He says he’ll expand the fundraising to also financially help the student who remains in the hospital.

“I just felt like I wanted to help out,” Hasegawa-Yun said, adding that he hasn’t had direct contact with Lee’s family yet, but one of his friends does. “I just figured they wanted their privacy.”

Wounded in the shooting were Sarah Williams, 19, who remained in intensive care Saturday, and Thomas Fowler, 24, who has been discharged.

“The Seattle Pacific University community has endured a senseless act of violence resulting in the death of one of our precious students and the injury of two others,” school President Daniel J. Martin said in a statement released Saturday. “Our students’ well-being has been and always will be our first concern. We have surrounded them with caring Residence Life staff members, faculty, grief counselors, campus ministers, and local pastors.”

Meanwhile, thousands of dollars are being donated to honor the student credited with thwarting the shooting.

Jon Meis and other students stopped the gunman. Meis has been credited with pepper-spraying and pinning the gunman while he was reloading his shotgun in the lobby of the building where the shooting happened.

Soon after Meis was identified, praise began to pour out on social media sites. Someone found Meis’ wedding registry, and people quickly bought out most of the wish list.

That’s when ESPN sports radio producer Jessamyn McIntyre got the idea to begin a GoFundMe site for Meis and his fiancee’s honeymoon and future. The site quickly went viral.

According to the page’s statistics, over $26,000 from more than 830 donations has been raised as of Saturday afternoon — tallies that are expected to increase.

McIntyre said she hasn’t had direct contact with the Meis family, who has asked for privacy. But she has left them her contact information. She also contacted university officials. She will leave the fundraising page up for a week, unless the family asks her to take it down.

On the donations page, people continue praising Meis. One person posted, “Only one word needed: Inspiring,” to go with a $20 donation.

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Online:

Seattle university shooting 911 calls: http://bit.ly/1kNVZdj

GoFundMe page for Jon Meis: http://bit.ly/1uARZQz

GiveForward page for Paul Lee: http://bit.ly/1oIGnqX

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Manuel Valdes can be reached at http://twitter.com/ByManuelValdes