Student opens fire at Washington state school, killing classmate

Traffic is backed up around Freeman High School in Washington where a shooting Wednesday left at least one person dead

The Spokesman-Review reports that people on call were at Freeman High School in Rockford on Wednesday morning.

Armed with a pistol and rifle, classmates say the shooter's face "was passive" in the hallway of a high school in a tiny Washington state town. Spokane Public Schools said on Twitter that all schools in the area are "being put into adjusted lockdown as a prudent step". They were reported in stable condition at a local hospital.

Following the shooting at the school of 327 students, some parents abandoned their cars stuck in traffic and walked up to a mile to reach their children, KHQ-TV reported.

"We consider that our front radar", said Sterk, the former Spokane County sheriff. He rode the bus to school with them stashed in his duffel bag.

The heroic best friend of a 15-year-old gunman who was murdered as he tried to stop his shooting spree at a Washington high school on Wednesday and the high school custodian who eventually brought him down have been pictured.

Bowen's social media pages suggest that he served in the US Air Force before he became a high school custodian. Investigators have said little about his motives so far.

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

Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center and Children's Hospital received three pediatric patients, spokeswoman Nicole Stewart said. To respond to your own kids school for active shooter.

After the shooting, a two-lane road into the community of about 500 people near the Idaho border was clogged with vehicles.

She said classes were about to begin because it's a "late start" day.

"He called me and said, 'Mom, there are gunshots.' He sounded so scared".

"I was putting my backpack away and I heard a loud pop", Elisa Vigil, a freshman, told the newspaper. He told officers he wanted to teach "everyone a lesson about what happens when you bully others".

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

"It's been wonderful, within probably 15-20 minutes of hearing about it, I'd already received a phone call, I'd already received a text message saying that their school is OK", she said.

Information for this article was contributed by Rebecca Boone and Alina Hartounian of The Associated Press. She commended the school district for its communication.

Governor Jay Inslee called the shooting at Freeman High School "heartbreaking" in statement.

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