SEATTLE — People continue to donate to 22-year-old Jon Meis. He’s the student and building monitor at Seattle Pacific University who put his own life in danger to save other when a man with a shotgun walked into Otto Miller Hall and opened fire on Thursday.
Meis confronted a man armed with a shotgun and a knife. The gunman shot three students and stopped to reload. That’s when witnesses say Meis pepper sprayed and tackled the gunman, stopping his deadly rampage.
Other students then jumped into help, keeping the gunman down until police arrived.
The engineering major was taken to Harborview Medical Center for emotional trauma and released Thursday night.
Following the shooting, news of Meis’ actions quickly spread across the shaken campus, and across the country and the world.
Meis was set to get married within two weeks, according to marriage website Theknot.com, and strangers began buying gifts for his wedding registry.
Jessamyn McIntyre also set up a GoFundMe account where supporters can donate and help pay the honeymoon costs for Meis and his soon-to-be wife.
By Sunday, the fund had raised more thean $40,000 — shattering the original goal of $5,000.
McIntyre wrote, “On June 5th, 2014, Jon Meis successfully subdued and disarmed an active gunman on Seattle Pacific University’s campus. Seattle Police say if he didn’t take action that day, there was almost certain to be more loss of life. He and his fiance are getting married on June 21st and this page is here simply for those in the community who wish to show gratitude toward this local hero. This couple hasn’t asked for anything, but many wish to contribute to their future – here is the place to do so.”
Messages of support
Those who donated left messages of support on the page.
“Jon, Thank you, our granddaughter had a class in that building that day shortly after the shooting, thank God she did not go early and Thank God for YOU, Thank you from so many people who know that our Lord used you to fight the real evil in the world, and you won,” Lindee wrote on Sunday.
“Thank you! Best wishes to you and your bride on your wedding day. Life is precious … Because of you, many lives were saved,” Debbie wrote.
“You risked your own life to save the lives of others. That is the definition of hero,” Tomy posted on the page.
Victim still in the hospital
A 19-year-old woman wounded in the shooting is still at Harborview Medical Center. She is in serious condition.
A GoFundMe account has been set up for her to raise money for medical bills.
- Students: Prayer Service and Connect/Study at FFMC Sunday Night (First Free Methodist Church)
You are invited to First Free for a prayer service at 6 p.m. followed by time in the Fine Center to study or connect from 6:30 p.m. to 6 a.m.
- Prayer Service 7 p.m. Monday at St. Anne Catholic Church (1411 First Ave. W.)
From the church: “We invite you most especially to take part in the Prayer Service we are hosting Monday evening, for the victims of the tragic incident on campus; for your students, faculty, staff and families; for the greater Queen Anne Community, and for an end to all violence. All are welcome.”