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1 Killed in Washington State School Shooting

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September 13, 2017 04:06 PM

ROCKFORD, Wash. (AP) - Officials say one person was killed and at least three others were shot when a gunman opened fire at a high school in Washington state.

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Brian Schaeffer of the Spokane Fire Department told reporters that one person died in the shooting Wednesday morning at Freeman High School in Rockford, south of Spokane.

Three of the injured were taken to a hospital.

The suspect is in custody and hasn't been identified by authorities.

A student says the gunman is a classmate. Michael Harper, who's 15, told The Associated Press that the suspect had long been obsessed with past school shootings. He says he saw the student at school with a duffel bag.

Harper, a sophomore, said the suspect had brought notes to school in the beginning of the year, saying he might get killed or jailed. Harper says some students alerted counselors.

The teen said the suspect wasn't bullied, calling him "nice and funny and weird."

Annie Baxter, whose two daughters attend Freeman Middle School across the street from the high school, told The Spokesman-Review that children were running into buildings when she pulled up to the school area about 10:15 a.m.

She says classes were about to begin because it was a "late start" day.


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