Student kills one, injures three in Washington school shooting
One student was killed and three others were injured in a shooting Wednesday morning at Freeman High School in Rockford, Wash. All of the students we spoke to were shocked that something like this could happen at their school. He proceeded to take his weapons out.
"He attempted to fire one weapon, and it jammed", Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich said at a news conference. The student who was killed in the shooting engaged with the suspect, Knezovick said, speculating that the deceased victim had tried to talk the suspect out of it. School has been canceled for Thursday, Knezovick said. Moore added that all three would stay at the hospital through Wednesday night.
Identities of the suspect and victims have not been revealed by authorities.
Local television stations showed the school surrounded by police and fire vehicles, parents running the scene.
A two-lane highway into the town of about 500 people near the Idaho border was clogged as anxious parents sped to the school.
Governor Jay Inslee called the shooting at Freeman High School "heartbreaking" in statement. "I came home and there was nothing that could stop the emotions", said Freeman High School junior Dylan Oja. "I've never heard him like that", Moser told The Spokesman-Review newspaper.
A sign reading "Freeman Strong" was placed feet from the school by Brani Gore.
The parent of a Freeman High freshman said her son called her in a panic after hearing several gunshots. We're grateful for the service of school staff and first responders working to keep our students safe.
While little is known about the suspect, Freeman High School students described him as "a nice kid" who kept to himself.
The shooter then went on and unloaded bullets into a second-floor hallway, wounding three others before a school custodian ordered him to surrender, the sheriff said.
Meanwhile, the minute-long carnage had prompted the lock down of a dozen schools in neighbouring districts.
"I thought I was going to be shot, because the girl right next to me was shot", she said.