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Freeman High School in Rockford, Wash.

1 student killed, 3 wounded in shooting at high school in Washington state

Sept. 14, 2017
The suspect in the shooting, a sophomore boy, is in custody.

One student was killed and three others were injured in a shooting Wednesday morning at Freeman High School in Rockford, Wash.

The sole suspect in the shooting has been was detained, The Spokane Spokesman-Review reports.

Spokespeople at a local hospital said three patients from the shooting were in stable condition.

Firsthand accounts from students indicated the student who died was a sophomore boy, and the three injured were girls. The shooting occurred in a hallway outside a biology classroom.

Officials had not named the suspect as of 1 p.m., but he appears to have been a sophomore at the high school.

A fellow student said the shooter had written his friends notes indicating he planned to do “something stupid.”

Freeman High School serves more than 300 students in the small community of Rockford, about 25 miles southeast of Spokane.

Rockford Mayor Carrie Roecks says the community is devastated by the shooting.

“Not knowing who is affected is hard,” Roecks says. “It doesn’t matter who it is because it’s going to be someone we know.”

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee said in a statement: “All Washingtonians are thinking of the victims and their families, and are grateful for the service of school staff and first responders working to keep our students safe. As Spokane County officials continue their investigation to get the answers to the questions so many of us have during these unthinkable tragedies, the Washington State Patrol and all state agencies will do whatever we can to help provide support and comfort in the days and weeks to come.”

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