Shooting spree evacuates Seattle high school
A high school worker tried to stop a gunman who opened fire on a crowded lunchroom north of Seattle, killing one girl and badly wounding four other students.
The shooter was Jaylen Fryberg, a popular Marysville-Pilchuck High School freshman.
Fryberg was well-liked and athletic, a football player named to his high school’s homecoming court just one week ago.
He was also facing problems, writing of some unspecified troubles on his Twitter feed: “It breaks me… It actually does….”
Two of the gunman’s cousins were among the wounded. Fryberg fatally shot himself, according to witnesses, police and relatives.
A 40-calibre handgun was recovered, which authorities believe was the weapon used in the shooting, Ireton said.
Student Erick Cervantes told KIRO-TV that the worker, a woman, briefly “intercepted” the gunman, who was trying to reload. Cervantes said the woman tried to move the gunman’s hand away, before he shot himself.
The gunman’s motives remained unclear. Some students described Fryberg as happy and social, even though he had recently fought with another boy over a girl.
Shaylee Bass, a 15-year-old sophomore, said she was stunned by the shooting.
“He was not a violent person,” she said. “His family is known all around town. He was very well known. That’s what makes it so bizarre.”
Students said the gunman stared at his victims as he fired. The shootings set off chaos as students ran outside in a frantic dash to safety, while others huddled inside classrooms.
Three of the victims had head wounds and were in critical condition.
Two 14-year-old girls were at Providence Everett Medical Center, and were identified by the facility as Shaylee Chucklenaskit and Gia Soriano.
Andrew Fryberg, 15, was at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, a hospital official said.
Another victim, 14-year-old Nate Hatch, was listed in serious condition at Harborview, the hospital said.