Accused SPU shooter: Heard voices of Satan, God on day of shooting
SEATTLE -- Aaron Ybarra, accused in the shooting at Seattle Pacific University in June 2014, testified Monday that he heard voices in his head on the day of the crime.
Ybarra said he heard Satan, God and Eric Harris, one of two students who took part in a shooting in Columbine High School in 1999. The shooting killed 12 students.
Ybarra's attorney has not disputed that he took part in the shooting but has argued that he was too mentally ill to know right from wrong. He has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.
"I was an example of the price of sin for others in the community and in the world," Ybarra testified Monday.
He said a voice in his head told him to scout out options. So he turned to the internet for research.
He discovered "that I have to go to do a massacre or mass shooting somewhere in the public, but most likely at a college campus."
He picked SPU but told no one about the details of his plan.
"The only way to do God's plan is to just do it. If people got concerned the whole plan would get disrupted."
He walked onto campus with a shotgun and a hunting knife. He shot and killed 19-year-old Paul Lee and injured other students.
The shooting ended when a school safety monitor tackled the gunman, doused him with pepper spray and disarmed him.
But Ybarra said he wasn't sure what had happened.
"I asked the cops if the situation was real or I was dreaming, and they told me this was a real thing and I did shoot real people."