A gunman opened fire and killed another student and himself on Friday morning at Washington State’s Marysville-Pilchuck High School.
The gunman has been identified as freshman Jaylen Fryberg by students and eyewitnesses, according to CNN.
Law enforcement officials say the gunman shot five people. He killed one of those people before killing himself. Police have not identified if the fatal shooting besides the gunman was a student or teacher. Three of the young people shot were in critical condition and one was in serious condition. Those in critical condition needed surgery at Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett, said the hospital spokeswoman Erin Al-Wazan.
Witnesses said Fryberg walked into the cafeteria, approached a table of his friends, and fired six bullets at their backs. Authorities say he used a small pistol, a .40 caliber Berretta. Students from the high school explain that he had a blank stare as he shot.
The police received the call about the shooting around 10:30 a.m. The Marysville-Pilchuck High School, which is about 35 miles north of Seattle, went into lockdown for the emergency situation.
Coincidentally, Marysville is among three districts chosen to share a $ 10 million federal grant for improved student mental-health services. Administrators were planning how to use the money when news of the shooting happened.
Fryberg was on the freshman football team and was announced as the high school’s freshman homecoming king on Oct. 17. One of the students told CNN that he was a popular student who recently started getting bullied with racial slurs by his classmates. Another claims that the shooter was angry at a girl who wouldn’t date and the girl was shot in his fire, according to The Seattle Times.
His social media accounts show him hunting and using rifles. His accounts also say he was a Native American and a member of the Tulalip tribe.
Here’s an alleged picture from Fryberg’s Instagram showing him with a rifle:
Elisa Jaffe’s 14-year-old son Austin was being held in a classroom while police finished a second sweep of the campus after the Marysville-Pilchuck shooting.
She told ABC’s KOMO, “This is just one of those things – it doesn’t happen, it isn’t real. It happens other places. I never imagined it would happen in this community. We will never feel the same.”