One student was killed and three others wounded when a classmate opened fire Wednesday morning at a small-town high school near Spokane, Wash.
The shooter, a sophomore at the school who has not yet been identified, opened fire shortly before 1:30 p.m. EDT. Police say he fired four shots, killing one student who attempted to stop him, and injuring three others.
Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich said:
"Today that student came to school, armed. He entered the school and proceeded to take his weapons out. He attempted to fire one weapon and it jammed. He went to his next weapon and a student walked up to him, engaged him and that student was shot."
He added that his department had just trained for an active-shooter situation on Tuesday.
Sacred Heart Hospital in Spokane confirmed three children were transported following the shooting, but it will not release the extent of their injuries until cleared to do so by their families. A Spokane County Sheriff’s Office spokesman said the three surviving victims were in serious condition.
The local Spokane Spokesman-Review newspaper reports:
Witnesses said the student who died was a sophomore boy and the three injured were girls. The shooting happened in a hallway outside of a biology classroom.
“I was putting my backpack away and I heard a loud pop, and I turned around. He was walking around,” said Elisa Vigil, a 14-year-old freshman. “He had his pistol. His face was completely passive. He shot someone in the head. I crouched down in the hall. I looked up and a girl screamed, ‘Help me, help me, help me.’ The hall was empty. She was shot in the back. I looked to my right, and there was a boy and he was shot in the head.”
Freeman High School serves more than 300 students in the small community of Rockford situated 20 miles southeast of Spokane near the Idaho border.