By Shelby Brooks
On Wednesday the 13th near Spokane, Washington, there was a school shooting at Freeman High School. According to ABC News, the shooting took place in the hallway of the second floor of the school. One student was killed and three were hospitalized with injuries but are expected to recover. One of the injured students required surgery. The deceased student had engaged with the shooter, likely trying to talk him out of it. The shooter was heavily armed with several weapons. After attempting to fire one weapon that jammed, he moved on to the next one, Spokane County Sheriff Knezovick said.
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.” School was canceled on Thursday. During the incident, both the middle and high school were placed under lockdown. 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, according to Knezovick. One student — who told KXLY that he is friends with the shooter — said the suspect had been handing out notes to his friends saying “he was gonna do something stupid where it might get him killed or in jail.” The student said two of his friends told the school counselor about the notes and the student told KXLY that he was “shook up” from the shooting.
Washington State Gov. Jay Inslee expressed his condolences on Twitter, writing that the shooting was “heartbreaking.”
“This morning’s shooting at Freeman High School is heartbreaking. All Washingtonians are thinking of the victims and their families. We’re grateful for the service of school staff and first responders working to keep our students safe. The @wastatepatrol and all state agencies will do whatever we can to help provide support and comfort in the days and weeks to come.”
– State Gov. Inslee via Twitter