Student killed confronting gunman in Spokane school shooting

A student was shot and killed while confronting a heavily armed gunman during a school shooting Wednesday near Spokane, Washington, police said.

The shooter — also a student — has been apprehended and is in custody at the Spokane County juvenile jail, police said. Three others were wounded in the attack. They were transported to a local hospital and are expected to survive, authorities said.

The suspect brought multiple weapons to campus, Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovick said in a press conference Wednesday afternoon. After attempting to fire one weapon that jammed, he moved on to the next one, Knezovick said.

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.

Knezovick said there were “conflicting stories,” but it appeared as though a school employee was able to subdue the gunman until police arrived. Knezovick called the action “very courageous.”

The shooting happened in the hallway of the second floor of Freeman High School, south of Spokane, police said.

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Students wait on lockdown inside Freeman Elementary School in Washington State?s Spokane County after a shooting at the nearby Freeman High School.

School has been canceled for Thursday, Knezovick said.

Freeman Middle School and Freeman Elementary school, both located in Spokane County, were placed on lockdown during the incident, the sheriff’s office wrote on Twitter.

Several deputies and officers responded to the scene and conducted a room-by-room search, police said. About 100 interviews have been conducted so far in the investigation, Knezovick said.

“We understand parents are extremely concerned,” police initially tweeted. “We will provide info ASAP, please avoid area.”

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Parents gather in the parking lot behind Freeman High School in Rockford, Wash. to wait for their children, after a deadly shooting at the school on Sept. 13, 2017.

Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center and Children’s Hospital is treating three teenagers, Dr. Mike Moore, the hospital’s chief of surgery, said in a press conference Wednesday afternoon.

The students are “doing well,” but one of the patients required surgery Wednesday afternoon, Moore said. The hospital trains “extensively” for shooting situations, he added.

One student — who told KXLY that he is friends with the shooter — said the suspect had been handing out notes…

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