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Man Charged With SPU Shooting: 'I Want To Feel The Hate'

Elaine Thompson
AP Photo
Shooting suspect Aaron Ybarra, left, is directed into a hearing at a King County Jail courtroom last week. Ybarra was arrested in the killing of a 19-year-old student and wounding of two other young people at Seattle Pacific University.

The gunman who allegedly killed a student on the campus of  Seattle Pacific University last week told police he had stopped taking his anti-depressant medicine because he wanted to "feel the hate."

That was among the revelations released in charging documents filed against Aaron Rey Ybarra in King County Superior Court on Tuesday.Ybarra is charged with one count of first degree murder, two counts of attempted murder in the first degree and one count of assault in the second degree.

King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg told reporters that Ybarra kept a journal in which he talked about his admiration for the Columbine and Virginia Tech shooters and about his own plans to kill students at Seattle Pacific University. His final journal entry was written on the morning of the shootings.

"He wrote 'I just want people to die and I'm going to die with them,'" Satterberg said.

If convicted, Ybarra could face life in prison without parole. That's because Prosecutor Satterberg is seeking an exceptional sentence of life in prison based on an aggravating factor, something allowed in a law passed by the legislature in 2005. Satterberg says it's allowed when the impact of a crime is felt by more than just the immediate victims.

Paula reports on groundbreaking legal decisions in Washington State and on trends in crime and law enforcement. She’s been at KNKX since 1989 and has covered the Law and Justice beat for the past 15 years. Paula grew up in Idaho and, prior to KNKX, worked in public radio and television in Boise, San Francisco and upstate New York.