MARYSVILLE, Wash. – A student opened fire Friday morning at Marysville Pilchuck High School, injuring at least two other students before fatally shooting himself, police and witnesses said.
Squadrons of police cars swarmed to the school after receiving reports of an active shooter opening fire.
At least two students were shot. There was no immediate word on their conditions.
The shooter, a student at the school, turned the weapon on himself after firing several shots at other students.
“We are confident there is only one shooter and the shooter is deceased,” said Marysville Police Cmdr. Robb Lamoureux in a noon briefing.
Witnesses said the shooting took place in the school cafeteria.
Police said they do not know the shooter’s motive.
At least 20 police cars and multiple ambulances responded to the shootings.
Students are being evacuated from the school and taken by bus to a church at 51st Avenue and Grove Street.
Ayn Dietrich, an FBI spokesperson in Seattle, said the agency had personnel on their way to the scene to help authorities with the investigation.
The latest school shooting in the region happened at Seattle Pacific University, where a gunman killed one student and wounded two others on June 5.
Social media posts penned by the shooter in Friday’s rampage at a Washington State high school portray a head-over-heels teenager who grew more and more tormented when the relationship fell apart.
Alleged Washington school shooter Jaylen Fryberg (Instagram)
Authorities have identified the gunman as Jaylen Fryberg. Fryberg’s Facebook page shows him living in Tulalip Bay, nine miles from Marysville-Pilchuck High School where police say two students were killed — including the gunman — and at least four others injured in the Friday morning tragedy.
“I can’t believe I just witnessed a shooting,” Austin Joyner, a student at the school, said on Twitter. “Kid came into the cafeteria and walked over to a table and pulled out the gun and shot 4-6 shots at students sitting down.”
The Seattle Times reported that several students told them that Fryberg, a freshman, was responsible. Kobe Baumann, 14, told the paper that he was with Fryberg in English class shortly before the shooting, and that he appeared to be kind of nervous.
“He sits right up in the front,” Baumann said. “He got called on, but he just kept his head down and didn’t really say anything.”
Posts to Fryberg’s social media accounts convey his passion for sports, music, hunting, Native American interests and family activities.
The teen’s family is well known among the area’s Tulalip Indian tribe. Tribe Chairman Herman Williams Sr. said his community is reeling from the tragedy and will be trying to cope for many days ahead.
“Sadly, we are now experiencing what has become a national trend, which we, as a society, must address,” Williams said in a written statement.
Many of Fryberg’s social posts in the last year are pictures of him with the same girl, often commenting about his crush.
“I love you baby girl,” Fryberg wrote when he posted their picture on his Instagram account months ago. “I promise to love you for the rest of my life.”
Social media was also the home for sadness and shock in the hours after the shooting.
“Over a girl he was heartbroken and didn’t know what to do,” tweeted a 16-year-old who identified herself as a cousin of the shooter. “Jaylen wasn’t a bad kid he just made a mistake.”
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