A suspect has been taken into custody after the shooting at Freeman High School south of Spokane.
One person is dead and three others have been wounded in a shooting at a high school south of Spokane.
The Spokesman-Review reports at least four people have been shot, including the victim who died.
A suspect, identified as a student at the school, has been taken into custody, according to the newspaper.
“The shooter is in the back seat of a patrol car right now,” Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich said at the scene in Rockford, Spokane County.
Dr. Jeff Collins, the chief physician at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center and Children’s Hospital in Spokane, told the newspaper three victims were admitted to the hospital.
Their ages and extent of their injuries weren’t immediately known.
“We’re all hands on deck,” Collins told The Spokesman-Review. “We train for this regularly.”
Three patients are in stable condition at Providence, said hospital spokeswoman Liz DeRuyter.
Gov. Jay Inslee said in a statement after the shooting: “This morning’s shooting at Freeman High School is heartbreaking. All Washingtonians are thinking of the victims and their families, and are grateful for the service of school staff and first responders working to keep our students safe.”
He said the Washington State Patrol and other state agencies would assist in the investigation.
Freeman High School, with 331 students, is in the Freeman School District.
All Spokane Public Schools were placed under lockdown after the shooting, according to a school-district tweet. The lockdown was lifted at 11:25 a.m.
KXLY interviewed one student identified as a friend of the shooter.
The student said the shooter had been passing notes and talking vaguely about his plans with friends.
“He said that he was going to do something stupid that might get him killed or in jail,” the student told the TV station. “He was carrying a duffel bag. I think the color was black.”
Inside the bag was a gun.
“He pulled it out and just started shooting,” the student said.
Annie Baxter, whose two daughters attend a middle school across the street from the high school, told The Spokesman-Review that children were…