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Wednesday 23 July 2014

Student hero who tackled gunman rewarded with $50K and wedding gifts

Published 09/06/2014|23:59

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Jon Meis was working as a building monitor when the gunman began firing a shotgun

The Seattle college student who pepper-sprayed and tackled a gunman last week, probably saving lives, has said it is hard to accept his status as a hero.

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Jon Meis was working as a building monitor at Seattle Pacific University on Thursday when the gunman began firing a shotgun in Otto Miller Hall. When he paused to reload, Mr Meis saw his chance and acted.

A 19-year-old student was killed and two others injured. Suspect Aaron Ybarra is being held without bail.

In a statement issued through the university, Mr Meis said he has been overwhelmed by generosity and support. An online campaign has raised nearly 50,000 dollars (£29,765) for him, and supporters bought items on a wedding registry for Mr Meis and his fiancee.

Mr Meis said he is not ready to forgive the shooter but he hopes the shooter will find the grace of God.

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