A gunman opens fire at Freeman High School, Washington; 5 shot, 1 dead.
Students, staff, and the surrounding community were thrust into a panic when a gunman opened fire at a high school in Spokane, Washington on Wednesday morning, September 13. Multiple injuries and one fatality were recorded as a result of the terror.
The suspect believed to have shot five, leaving one dead, in the Freeman High School shooting, is reported to have been taken into custody alive. His motive for committing the heinous act remains unclear, as do the victims ages and whether or not they were targeted in the incident. According to reports, the school of 331 students was put on lockdown, as were other schools in the area, up until 11:25 am when it was declared that the threat had been eliminated. Authorities went searching the building room to room, floor by floor, but ultimately determined that the gunman acted alone. Prior to the situation ending, officials prepared for the worst, with multiple ambulances, police cars, and a helicopter having been dispatched.
State Gov. Jay Inslee would eventually come before the press to address the incident, which he called "heartbreaking." In it, Inslee also acknowledged those who worked efficiently to prevent a greater tragedy from occurring. "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,” he said.