Wednesday, September 13, 2017

One student dead, three more injured in shooting at south Spokane County high school

Posted By and on Wed, Sep 13, 2017 at 12:12 PM

click to enlarge One student dead, three more injured in shooting at south Spokane County high school
Photo by a Freeman High School student who had fled to the nearby elementary school.

One student, who attempted to stop the shooter, is dead and three others are injured after a shooting at Freeman High School south of Spokane, according to multiple reports.

The three injured students are "doing well," says Michael Moore, Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center Chief of Surgery. One will require surgery. All three victims are in their "mid-teens," he says, but the names and ages of the victims have not been released.

A suspect is in custody, according to multiple news reports. Spokane Fire Chief Brian Schaeffer says he does not know if the suspected shooter is a student at the school.

But students who've spoken with local news agencies say the shooter is a classmate.

Several emergency responders are on scene at the high school, including the Spokane Fire Department, the Spokane County Sheriff and special agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and the Washington State Police.

Schaeffer says law enforcement are questioning students who witnessed the incident. He estimates the police may have as many as 300 interviews with witnesses.

The Spokane County Sheriff's Office is asking parents of Freeman High School students to gather at the bus entrance gate on Highway 27. Parents of Freeman Elementary and Middle schools can pick up their kids from the office. A photo ID is required, the Sheriff's Office says.

"Our hearts are broken by the events at Freeman High School this morning," says Spokane Mayor David Condon. "This is a terrible day for the students, parents, teachers, administrators and the rest of that close-knit community. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected by this horrendous tragedy.

"First responders in our region are one team. Spokane City employees were part of that team in the first moments and will be there for the Freeman community as it begins a long road to recovery."

Spokane County Commissioner Josh Kerns said in a statement that Spokane County is "here to support students, teachers and families in Freeman." Commissioner Al French called today "a dark day for our region."

"I am grateful for the men and women in our Spokane County Sheriff's Department who responded to this tragedy along with other first responders," French says. "We hear about these unthinkable acts happening elsewhere, but we never think it can happen so close to home, until it does."

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