Dead, Others Injured in Washington High School Shooting

Toni Houston
September 15, 2017

A faculty member managed to take down the suspect before police arrived on the scene.

The slain student was trying to convince the shooter, whose first gun had jammed, not to carry out the morning rampage when he was shot dead, Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich told reporters.

The Spokesman-Review also reported that Spokane Fire Chief Brian Schaeffer confirmed that one student was killed in the shooting.

The three victims were taken to Sacred Heart Hospital after the shooting.

Harper says that information was passed on to school officials, but police could not confirm that. The hospital trains "extensively" for shooting situations, he added.

Identities of the suspect and victims have not been revealed by authorities. Schaeffer did not know the speculate's age or whether the individual was an understudy. The shooter then grabbed another gun and was confronted by a student. An automated phone call also went out to parents of Spokane schools students.

"[He was] a nice kid from what I saw, he was kind of an outsider, I guess, but I never thought he would do something like this", another student told the station outside the high school.

William Benson is the stepfather of two students at Freeman High School. A student walked up to him, engaged him, and that student was shot.

"[They] said that he was going to do something stupid where it either might get him killed or in jail", the friend told KXLY4. They were in stable condition, and relatives were with them, she said.


"They're all doing well", Moore said. "We were praying and trying to just figure things out", said Elisa.

At least two vigils are scheduled this evening, one at St. John's Cathedral and another at Riverpark Square in downtown Spokane. He didn't identify the patients or discuss their injuries, citing privacy issues.

Students told the newssite the shooter was a sophomore who had ridden the school bus to classes with his weapons concealed in a duffel bag.

One high school junior said "at least four" shots had been fired.

Describing the carnage, a witness was quoted in the media as saying, "I was putting my backpack away and I heard a loud pop, and I turned around".

It happened at Freeman High School in the small town of Rockford. She commended the school district for its communication with parents.

Wicks said the district is sending its superintendent, Becky Berg, and a trauma-informed professional to Rockford "to provide additional support and resources during this time".

Gov. Jay Inslee said in an announcement that "all Washingtonians are thinking about the casualties and their families, and are appreciative for the administration of school staff and specialists on call attempting to protect our understudies".

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