A disgruntled student armed with several weapons opened fire at a Washington state high school Wednesday, killing a classmate who tried to reason with him and wounding three others before he was captured, police said. He proceeded to take his weapons out. A student walked up to him, engaged him, and that student was shot.
Hospital officials would hold a news conference on Wednesday afternoon to provide more information, she said.
Ambulances and a Lifeflight helicopter were sent to the school, which was placed under lockdown along with a nearby elementary school and middle school.
The victims' names have not been released.
The Spokane School department said on Twitter just before 10:30 that all southside Spokane public schools were in lockdown, adding shortly after that all public schools in the area were going into a full lockdown as a "precautionary measure".
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According to New York City-based non-profit group Everytown for Gun Safety, there have been over 200 school shootings in the USA since 2013 - an average of almost one a week.
According to the nonprofit Gun Violence Archive, Wednesday's school shooting is the first in the town of Rockford, where Freeman High School is located, since at least 2014.
"These are senseless and tragic events that really don't need to happen and I don't understand them", he said.
While little is known about the suspect, Freeman High School students described him as "a nice kid" who kept to himself.
"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.
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Officials with Sacred Heart Hospital near Spokane said that three victims taken to the facility are in satisfactory condition.
Harper said the shooter had many friends and wasn't bullied, calling him "nice and amusing and weird".
Authorities are responding to reports of a shooting at a high school south of Spokane, Washington.
Dave Neal is a teacher in a neighboring school district, but his daughter is a freshman at Freeman High.
That's when she said the girl had been shot in the back.
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