Two students at a Washington state high school are reportedly dead after one of them opened fire early Friday.
Emergency calls were made late Friday morning local time at around 10:45 a.m. by individuals reporting a suspected shooting at Marysville-Pilchuck High School.
Around 75 minutes later, Marysville Police Commander Robert Lamoureux told reporters: “We are confirming that there is one deceased, and that is the shooter.”
The shooter has since been identified as Jaylen Fryberg, a ninth-grader at the school. According to The Seattle Times, another student said Fryberg was angry at a girl who wouldn’t date him.
CNN and CBS have since reported that at least two people have died, including the suspected shooter. Dr. Joanne Roberts, the chief medical officer at Providence Hospital, told King 5 News that three students were at the facility in critical condition following the shooting.
According to preliminary, unconfirmed reports, as many as six people were shot at the school by a gunman equipped with a handgun.
During an early afternoon press conference, Lamoureux said that the shooter was a student at the school, but declined to release any identifying information. The Seattle Times reported that two law enforcement sources confirmed to the paper that individual had died from a “self-inflicted gunshot wound.” Citing anonymous students, CNN said the suspected shooter was a popular student who recently became the victim of bullying despite being named the school’s homecoming prince.
News from the Seattle suburb reverberated across the nation on Friday as eyewitnesses to the tragedy took to the internet to report what was happening from inside the school.
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“The Marysville-Pilchuck High School is currently in lock down due to an emergency situation,” the school said. “Police and emergency services have responded. The Marysville School District lock down procedures will remain in effect at Marysville Pilchuck until further notice from law enforcement. We will continue to forward communication in cooperation with law enforcement.”
An unnamed teacher reportedly told local television network KIRO 7 that people were locked down inside of the building following what the educator described as “chaos.”
“We are locked down…first the alarm went off any everyone thought it was a fire drill,” the teacher said,“then chaos.” Parents have since been warned not to approach the school as authorities continue to make sense of the scene, but rather to report to a nearby church at 116th and 51st.
Marysville-Pilchuck is a large school with roughly 2,500 students. The shooter was reportedly in the cafeteria, according from tweets sent by individuals purported to have been at the school at the time.“The gunman in the lunchroom opened fire on several students,” one mother reported her child saying to local station KOMO News.
Aerial footage showed students being evacuated, with some parents reporting knowledge that their children were safe.
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