Injuries reported in school shooting

Kristen Gonzales
September 15, 2017

The Spokane Fire chief told local media that the suspect in the Freeman High School Shooting is in custody, and one student was killed in the shooting.

Fifteen days after the first day of school, students are looking for answers. Upon entering the premises, he proceeded to take out his weapons and attempted to fire one, which jammed. "The shooter is in the back seat of a patrol auto right now", he said on the scene, shortly before noon.

But the armed student wasn't swayed by those words and shot him. According to the tweet, the said student was a junior who was evacuated from the high school and was at Freeman Elementary at the time of the post. Moore added that all three would stay at the hospital through Wednesday night.

Freeman High School serves more than 300 students in the small community of Rockford, about 25 miles southeast of Spokane. The suspect's identity has not been released. Radio traffic indicated at least five ambulances and a LifeFlight helicopter have been called to the scene, the newspaper reported.

A two-lane highway into the town of about 500 people near the Idaho border was clogged as anxious parents sped to the school.

All Freeman School District and all Spokane School District schools went into lockdown but the Spokane District lifted the lockdown just before 11:30 a.m.

The student told the AP the suspect had been obsessed with past school shootings.

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"The parent inside me is in the background huddled up in a corner, screaming his head off saying 'we've got to do something, we've got to done something, we've got to do something, '" Benson said.

"[They] said that he was going to do something stupid where it either might get him killed or in jail", the friend told KXLY4.

"Our hearts are broken by the events at Freeman High School this morning".

Fellow students describe Freeman High. "I've never heard him like that", Moser said.

Authorities are responding to a shooting at a high school south of Spokane.

The prevalence of school shootings in the US has been blamed on the widespread availability of guns.

Cheryl Moser said her son, a freshman, called her from a second floor classroom after hearing shots fired.

Other reports by TheSundaySentinel

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