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1 killed, 4 injured after student opens fire at Washington state school

Spokane County Sheriff said suspect brought multiple weapons to the campus and the shooting took place in a second-floor hallway

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Freeman High School. Photo: PTI

One student was killed and four injured on Wednesday in a shooting at a high school near Spokane in the US state of

e student was killed and three were wounded when a fellow student described as obsessed with school shootings opened fire Wednesday morning at Freeman High School near Spokane, Wash., authorities said.

The shooting took place shortly after 10:00 am (GMT) at Freeman High School in Rockford, Spokane County, in Eastern state, Xinhua news agency reported.

More than an hour later, Spokane County Sheriff's Office updated its posting on Twitter social network, announcing:



"The shooter is in the back seat of a patrol car right now," Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich was quoted as saying earlier by the Spokesman-Review, a daily broadsheet newspaper based in Spokane county.

However, while the newspaper reported that the shooter is a student at the school with more than 20 staff members and 300 students, authorities have withheld the identity of the suspect as well as those killed and injured.

The suspect brought multiple weapons to the campus and the shooting took place in a second-floor hallway, said Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich. One of the suspect's weapons jammed during the incident, Knezovich said.

"As Spokane County officials continue their investigation to get the answers to the questions so many of us have during these unthinkable tragedies, the State Patrol and all state agencies will do whatever we can to help provide support and comfort in the days and weeks to come," CNN quoted Gov. Jay Inslee as saying in a statement.

He called the shooting "heartbreaking" and said all residents of the state are thinking of the victims.

At Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center and Children's Hospital in Spokane, a spokeswoman said the three patients are in stable condition.

The school, which is between Spokane and Rockford, has 327 students, according to media reports.

First Published: Thu, September 14 2017. 08:12 IST