OLYMPIA – Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles, D-Seattle, released this statement following news of a shooting this afternoon at Seattle Pacific University in Queen Anne.

“My thoughts and prayers are with the victims, families, students and staff at Seattle Pacific University. Of course we don’t have a lot of information right now, but it is appalling yet another shooting has taken place, and shocking it has happened in our neighborhood.

“I commend the first responders who are at the scene and have taken care of the victims and students, and thank the law enforcement who quickly apprehended the suspect. People come to the city of Seattle and the 36th District for the strong sense of community, and I trust this will get us through such a horrific event.”

Sen. Kohl-Welles is the state senator from the 36th District, which encompasses Ballard, Greenwood, Queen Anne, Magnolia, Interbay, Belltown, and parts of Phinney Ridge and Fremont.