SPOKANE, Wash. – The student who was shot dead at the Freeman High School was due to the fact that he had tried to confront the gunman. The suspect’s name has been identified by some media outlets as Caleb Sharpe.
One student was killed in the shooting while three other people were admitted to a hospital with life threatening injuries. The shooting took place at around 10:30 a.m. Wednesday morning at Freeman High School in Rockford, Washington state.
Sources from the Freeman High School in Rockford suggest that the shooter and the victim were best of pals.
While talking about the incident, Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich said the shooter, who also happens to be a student of the same school came armed with two weapons. When the shooter tried to shoot with his first weapon, it didn’t fire and got jammed. Then he took out the second weapon. In the meantime, his friend confronted him. it was then that he shot his own friend from point blank range.
The Spokane County Sheriff went on to add that the shooter fired numerous shots injuring three other students.
Elisa Vigil, a 14-year-old freshman was quoted by the Spokesman-Review as saying, “I was putting my backpack away and I heard a loud pop, and I turned around. He was walking around…He had his pistol. His face was completely passive. He shot someone in the head. I crouched down in the hall. I looked up and a girl screamed, ‘Help me, help me, help me.’ The hall was empty. She was shot in the back. I looked to my right, and there was a boy and he was shot in the head.”
In a statement, Gov. Jay Winslee said, “This morning’s shooting at Freeman High School is heartbreaking. 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.”