School Shooter: The Interrogation of Aaron Ybarra

On June 5, 2014, then-27-year-old Aaron Ybarra of Mountlake Terrace, Washington, opened fire at Seattle Pacific University, killing one person. Ybarra had intentionally gone off of his medication in order to feel his anger at the world. He had scouted the Seattle Pacific University campus, and then returned with a 12-gauge shotgun on the second-to-last day of classes, intent on killing as many people as possible.

Freshman Paul Lee, 19, was fatally shot outside Otto Miller Hall, and then-22-year-old Sarah Williams was critically wounded by a shotgun blast to her chest as she descended a staircase inside. Ybarra had attempted to shoot another female student, but his shotgun misfired and the student ran away. Ybarra was disarmed by Jon Meis, a school safety monitor who confronted Ybarra with pepper spray and tackled him to the ground. A third student, Thomas Fowler, was injured by shotgun pellets during the shooting.

Ybarra was ultimately convicted of premeditated first-degree murder, three counts of attempted first-degree murder and one count of second-degree assault after a trial that lasted approximately one month.

In this exclusive interrogation footage, Ybarra is heard discussing his obsession with with school shootings and admiration of Eric Harris, one of two students responsible for the mass shooting and attempted bombing at Columbine High School in Columbine, Colorado in 1999. On November 16, 2016, Ybarra was sentenced to 112 years in prison.

The first of many additional interviews associated with this investigation is available now on Patreon, with more to follow. Today’s interview is with Joel Ybarra, Aaron’s brother. Listen as Joel reveals that Aaron had told him that he had been hearing the voice of Eric Harris urging him to shoot up a school. Joel describes his frustration with media coverage of the case, talks about their upbringing, and speaks of a call he had with Joel shortly before the tragedy at Seattle Pacific University. Joel reveals only a portion of that call, and then keeps the remainder secret by insisting that nothing else had been discussed — despite having stated only moments before that there had been more to the call. It’s tragic. It’s sad. And it’s fascinating to hear.

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21 thoughts on “School Shooter: The Interrogation of Aaron Ybarra

  1. When I first listened to the audio, I was expecting this individual to be 16ish. At 26 years old, why didn’t his parents get him some mandatory mental health treatment or Brady Act him if he didn’t want to comply. Although this guy is responsible for his actions, but his parents didn’t do him any favors either.

  2. His parents are hugely at fault – he says he goes on rants about killing people – and they leave his possessions in his room unchecked for weeks and left him with ownership of a shotgun.

  3. The detective in the yellow shirt did an amazing job in coming over friendly and kind, he got all the answers he needed with that approach.

  4. In the UK we have our freaks but they find it virtually impossible to get hold of guns. In the US it is so easy for people to get hold of guns including the freaks.

  5. He killed 1 person with a 12 gauge. This guy wanted to be a somebody so much, and failed his fellow limpdick school shooter buddies miserably. Shotgun shoulda misfired and taken his head off

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