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One dead, multiple injured in shooting at Spokane-area high school

15 September 2017

Officials say a student was shot dead after attempting to confront a gunman at a high school south of Spokane, Washington, CBS affiliate KREM reports. "The Marysville School District will stand by them and provide the support and care needed in the days and months to come". 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", Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich said at a press briefing.

But the armed student wasn't swayed by those words and shot him.

It was reported that victims were being treated at a playing field, and local media later reported that two people were in a stable condition in hospital. It is located in the Freeman School District, in a small suburb of Spokane.

Police searched the high school's rooms for any additional threats, the sheriff's office said on Twitter.

The identity of the suspect has not been released.

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Dozens of vehicles including ambulances and a LifeFlight helicopter responded to the scene.

Gov. Jay Inslee said in a statement after the shooting: "This morning's shooting at Freeman High School is heartbreaking".

The shooting occurred at Freeman High School in Rockport, Washington, on Wednesday morning at around 10am.

"He called me and said, 'Mom, there are gunshots, ' " she said.

Dr. Jeff Collins, the chief physician at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center, told the Seattle Times that six people were shot during the incident, and the hospital is treating three "school age" patients.

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"I was putting my backpack away and I heard a loud pop, and I turned around".

Officials had not named the suspect as of 1 p.m., but he appears to have been a sophomore at the high school.

Stephanie Lutje told AP she was relieved to hear her son was safe after his school near Freeman High was put on lockdown.

Another junior, William Solsom, said, "You wouldn't really expect something to happen at a school like this".

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"I thought I was going to be shot, because the girl right next to me was shot", she said.

One dead, multiple injured in shooting at Spokane-area high school