Update [4:44 EST] CNN has identified the gunman as Jason Fryberg. Fryberg was announced as the high school’s freshman homecoming king on October 17, and his multiple social media accounts depicted him frequently hunting and using rifles. His social media accounts also identified him as a Native American and a member of the Tulalip tribe.
Update [4:29 EST] Witness Jordon Luton, a student from the school, told CNN that the shooter entered Marysville-Pilchuck High School, walked into the cafeteria, went up to a table of students, and while coming up from behind, “fired about six bullets into the backs of them.” Luton added that “They were his friends, so it wasn’t just random.”
Update [4:14 EST] CNN also reports that authorities are confident that there was only one shooter. The shooter was described as a “as a popular student who recently had been the victim of bullying.” Their name has not been released at this time.
Update [3:56 EST] CNN confirms two dead, including gunman, and four injured, three critically injured.
Police say that the shooting occurred around 10:39 a.m. on Friday; multiple students and a teacher heard the gunshots and KIRO 7 notes that they they’ve received emails and texts from parents at the school. Parents have reportedly been told not to approach the school.
Tom Hopper, who emailed KIRO 7, said that:
Our son just called to let us know that his kids are ok – his son was about 50 feet from the shooter – a student that he knows. Our grandson and his friends ran away – jumped a fence and went to a home in the area. He didn’t know about any victims but thought there was at least one.
Chopper footage showed the students evacuating the building with their hands up and multiple police, fire, and paramedic units around the school. There were also special needs students who were being loaded on a bus; other students remain inside at this time.
CBS News reports that a Providence Regional Hospital emergency room nurses confirmed three patients with gunshot wounds, one with a gunshot wound to the head. A fourth patient is expected.
The gunman reportedly stood on a cafeteria table and opened fire; police told Seattle Times reporter Jennifer Sullivan that the gunman was dead from a self-inflicted gunshot.
The Marysville School District released a statement about the shooting:
The Marysville Pilchuck High School is currently in lock down due to an emergency situation. Police and emergency services have responded. The Marysville School District lock down procedures will remain in effect at Marysville Pilchuck until further notice from law enforcement. We will continue to forward communication in cooperation with law enforcement.
So, how long before we forget about this one, NRA America?
You can watch the CNN report below:
h/t Business Insider