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Strangers pay for Seattle shooting hero's wedding registry
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Strangers pay for Seattle shooting hero's wedding registry

Strangers pay for Seattle shooting hero's wedding registry
Photo Credit: Joshua Trujillo
Jon Meis is taken from the scene by medics after a shooting at Seattle Pacific University on Thursday, June 5, 2014 in Seattle. A 19-year-old man was fatally shot and two other young people were wounded after a gunman entered the foyer at Otto Miller Hall on the Seattle Pacific University campus and started shooting Thursday afternoon. When the gunman paused to reload, a student building monitor disarmed him. Meis is the student monitor who is credited with stopping the suspected gunman, Aaron R. Ybarra, 26, by pepper spraying him and tackling him. (AP Photo/seattlepi.com, Joshua Trujillo) MAGS OUT; NO SALES; SEATTLE TIMES OUT; TV OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT

Strangers pay for Seattle shooting hero's wedding registry

​John Meis is being praised for his quick thinking when he tackled the suspected Seattle Pacific University shooter Friday.

“Police say 26-year-old Aaron Ybarra, armed with a shotgun and a knife, walked into the science and engineering building and opened fire.” (Via KABC)

“He is currently being held without bail in connection with the shooting that killed a 19-year-old student and injured two others.” (Via CNN)

Engineering student John Meis intervened with pepper spray and helped subdue Ybarra until authorities arrived. Headlines characterized Meis as a hero for his response. (Via NBCCNNThe Oregonian)

And at least part of the Internet appeared to be in agreement. The New York Daily News reports Meis is set to be married this summer — and highlights a thread posted to Reddit Saturday with a link to Meis’ wedding registry.

Since then, according to the BBC, every item on the registry has been purchased. Other donors have contributed more than $37,000 in a separate campaign intended to pay for Meis’ honeymoon.

But Meis and his family have declined to speak with the media and requested privacy — leading to questions of whether the support is appropriate. (Via Seattle Weekly)

Daily Mail quotes the creator of the crowdfunding campaign: “I don't know him and nobody asked me to do it. The community support for Jon has been so strong and I wanted to give it a place to continue.”

The two people injured in the shooting, meanwhile, remain in the hospital. KABC reports one is in critical condition and the other is listed as satisfactory.

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