Six people shot at high school in Washington State, one dead

BREAKING: 'SIx shot by gunman' at school as children take cover in classrooms

At least one person has died in a shooting that occurred at Freeman High School in Rockford, south of Spokane, Washington.

"He entered the school and proceeded to take his weapons out". The suspect brought multiple weapons to campus, Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovick said in a press conference Wednesday afternoon.

Before the student shooter, who has been identified by news outlets as Caleb Sharpe, could fire the second weapon, a classmate, Sam Strahan, approached and tried to intervene. The surviving victims, who were in their mid-teens, were listed in stable condition, a local hospital said.

Freeman High School serves more than 300 students in the small community of Rockford, about 25 miles southeast of Spokane.

The victims' names have not been released.

Administrators for Spokane Public Schools and the Mead District and Central Valley School Districts have placed all the schools on lockdown due to the Freeman High School Shooting.

According to New York City-based non-profit group Everytown for Gun Safety, there have been over 200 school shootings in the US since 2013 - an average of almost one a week.




Moser said her son called her from a classroom after hearing the shots and sounded scared. "I've never heard him like that", Moser told the Spokesman Review of Spokane.

Harper also said that the suspect had shared a note with some friends saying that he "was going to do something stupid".

"When I was walking over here I saw many young high school kids coming into our emergency department and I know they want to show support for their friends".

A spokesperson for the local hospital, Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center and Children's Hospital, told the AP that the hospital had received three pediatric patients.

Gov. Jay Inslee said in an announcement that "all Washingtonians are thinking about the casualties and their families, and are appreciative for the administration of school staff and specialists on call attempting to protect our understudies".

"They did a modified lockdown drill yesterday", she said. Freeman schools are not part of that district.

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