Williams was severely wounded and remained hospitalized in satisfactory condition. She thanked supporters and first responders Tuesday in a statement emailed to The Associated Press.
“I know there is a lot of concern for my health and well-being, so I’d like to take this opportunity to let everybody know that I am healing and getting stronger,” she wrote. “While every day brings improvement, I have a long way to go for full recovery.”
Because one of the barrels of the gun had misfired, Ybarra essentially had a single-shot weapon, Satterberg said.
As Ybarra tried to reload, Jon Meis, a student building monitor, rushed out of his office, pepper-sprayed the gunman, grabbed the weapon and hid it in his office, the prosecutor said. Meis came back and helped another student hold the gunman down until police arrived.
Ybarra fired just two shots but carried nearly 50 shells and had 25 more in his truck, because he planned to kill many more people, Satterberg said. He also had a large hunting knife and planned to slit his own throat, the detective’s statement said.
“In the defendant’s plan to murder innocent students, he did not anticipate the courage of Jon Meis,” Satterberg said. “Mr. Meis, though a reluctant and humble figure in this tragedy, undoubtedly saved many lives. He emerges from this awful crime as an example of how we all would hope we would act to confront a killer.”
Ybarra gave an hour-long police interview after his arrest, saying he didn’t specifically target any of the students but had a “hatred for the world in general,” the probable cause statement said. He told detectives he had been diagnosed with obsessive-compulsive disorder and transient psychosis but had stopped taking his medicine about six months earlier because he wanted to feel his hate, it said.
The standard sentencing range for the charges is 69 to 86 years in prison, but Satterberg said he is seeking an exceptional sentence under a rarely used aggravating factor: that the crime had a “destructive and foreseeable impact on persons other than the victim.”