Police are on the scene of a deadly shooting at Freeman High School in Rockford, Washington, just south of Spokane.
The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office says three victims have been transported to Sacred Heart Medical Center for treatment. The three “pediatric patients” are reported to be in stable condition and “doing well,” according to Sacred Heart Hospital officials.
There is one confirmed fatality, a student who was pronounced dead at the scene. The names of the victims have not been released.
A suspect is reported to be in custody. Authorities have not said if a shooter was a student at the school.
The shooting began around 10:00 a.m. PST. Police have not said how long the shooting lasted or how many shots were fired by the gunman.
In a live interview, a Freeman High School student claims that the shooter was a student who came into the school carrying a black bag, set it down and started shooting. The student claims the alleged shooter was his friend and passed around notes that said he was planning on “doing something dumb” that would get him killed or sent to jail.
Police have not confirmed the allegations made by the student in the interview.
Spokane schools says all public schools in the area have been placed in a full lock-down as a precautionary measure. The lock-down was later lifted at 11:25 a.m. PST.
Law enforcement officials conducted a floor-by-floor sweep of the building. The Spokane Sheriff’s Office is expected to provide more information at a news conference sometime on Wednesday afternoon.
The Spokesman-Review reports that the school did a modified lock-down drill on Tuesday. A parent of two Freeman middle school students told the paper that students were running into buildings and that an alarm was sounding when she pulled up to the school around 10:15 a.m. PST.
Cheryl Moser said her son, a freshman at Freeman High School, called her from a classroom after hearing shots fired.
“He called me and said, ‘Mom there are gunshots.’ He sounded so scared. I’ve never heard him like that,” Moser told the newspaper. “You never think about something happening like this at a small school.”
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