Sep 14, 2017, 5:40 AM ET

Student killed confronting gunman in Spokane school shooting

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A student was shot and killed while confronting a heavily armed gunman during a school shooting Wednesday near Spokane, Washington, police said.

The shooter -- also a student -- has been apprehended and is in custody at the Spokane County juvenile jail, police said. Three others were wounded in the attack. They were transported to a local hospital and are expected to survive, authorities said.

The suspect brought multiple weapons to campus, Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich said in a press conference Wednesday afternoon. After attempting to fire one weapon that jammed, he moved on to the next one, Knezovich said.

The student who was killed in the shooting engaged with the suspect, Knezovich said, speculating that the deceased victim had tried to talk the suspect out of it.

Knezovich said there were "conflicting stories," but it appeared as though a school employee was able to subdue the gunman until police arrived. Knezovich called the action "very courageous."

The shooting happened in the hallway of the second floor of Freeman High School, south of Spokane, police said.

PHOTO: Students wait on lockdown inside Freeman Elementary School in Washington State?s Spokane County after a shooting at the nearby Freeman High School.Courtesy Christina Morrison
Students wait on lockdown inside Freeman Elementary School in Washington State?s Spokane County after a shooting at the nearby Freeman High School.

School has been canceled for Thursday, Knezovich said.

Freeman Middle School and Freeman Elementary school, both located in Spokane County, were placed on lockdown during the incident, the sheriff's office wrote on Twitter.

Several deputies and officers responded to the scene and conducted a room-by-room search, police said. About 100 interviews have been conducted so far in the investigation, Knezovich said.

"We understand parents are extremely concerned," police initially tweeted. "We will provide info ASAP, please avoid area."

PHOTO: Parents gather in the parking lot behind Freeman High School in Rockford, Wash. to wait for their children, after a deadly shooting at the school on Sept. 13, 2017.Dan Pelle/The Spokesman-Review via AP
Parents gather in the parking lot behind Freeman High School in Rockford, Wash. to wait for their children, after a deadly shooting at the school on Sept. 13, 2017.

Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center and Children's Hospital is treating three teenagers, Dr. Mike Moore, the hospital's chief of surgery, said in a press conference Wednesday afternoon.

The students are "doing well," but one of the patients required surgery Wednesday afternoon, Moore said. The hospital trains "extensively" for shooting situations, he added.

One student -- who told KXLY that he is friends with the shooter -- said the suspect had been handing out notes to his friends saying "he was gonna do something stupid where it might get him killed or in jail."

The student said two of his friends told the school counselor about the notes.

Another student told KXLY that he was "shook up" from the shooting.

The school had just held a lockdown drill the day before, the student said, adding that he was in the locker room -- on the other side of the school -- when the shooting occurred.

"Our coach came in and said, 'This is real,'" he said.

He and others then hid in one of the coach's rooms until they were escorted out by authorities, the student said.

Washington State Gov. Jay Inslee expressed his condolences on Twitter, writing that the shooting was "heartbreaking."

"All Washingtonians are thinking of the victims and their families," Inlsee wrote.

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  • inonepeice

    In America there are on average 86 firearm fatalities each day and 200 non-fatal
    firearm injuries each day. That's not politics, that's not hyperbole,
    that's just the way it is. And I fail to see how this is not a problem.

  • Henry R

    "One student -- who told KXLY that he is friends with the shooter -- said the suspect had been handing out notes to his friends saying "he was gonna do something stupid where it might get him killed or in jail."

    The student said two of his friends told the school counselor about the notes."
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    I wonder who this counselor is and if he could have prevented the carnage with a phone call to the police.

  • Henry R

    Can Congress amend the US Constitution and rewrite the 2nd Amendment?

    If so, how should they rewrite it?

  • JockSavant

    I hope the students come together and pitch in a lot of money along with their parents to reward that janitor who stopped the shooting. And also do something nice for the family of the kid that tried to stop the shooter and lost his life.

  • Prophet With Honor

    We need far more background and details if we are going to discuss causes and prevention .
    Just hammering back and forth about guns is useless

  • Henry R

    I'm amazed at how many sprint to politics. Nobody even recognizes the courage of the unarmed student who was killed when trying to stop the barbarian or the heroism of the unarmed school employee who did subdue him.

  • inonepeice

    On average 86 Americans are killed each and every day by guns here in America on our own soil. Congress does nothing. But let 4 Americans get killed one time in a single event in Libya, a war torn terrorist filled country half way around the world where one would expect people to get gunned down and Congress spends two years investigating why Americans couldn't have been kept safer over there while trying to blame somebody ( not the people who did the killing, mind you ) for it and hold them accountable for it. But here in our own country where Congress has the responsibility and authority to keep us safer on our own streets? Pffft...