One person was killed, and 5 injured in a shooting at the Freeman High School in Rockford, Washington, south of Spokane. The suspect had been taken into custody, police and local media said.
BREAKING: Spokane Fire Chief confirms one person is dead in shooting at Freeman High School. #KXLY— Stevee Chapman (@SteveeKXLY) September 13, 2017
According to Reuters, officers were responding to a shooting at Freeman High School in Rockford, Washington, said a woman at the Spokane Police Department who declined to say if there had been any injuries or give her name.
The Freeman High School was cleared and secured, the police said. All students were taken to the adjacent sports stadium, where their parents will be able to pick them up.
At Freeman elementary currently. I am a junior, evacuated from the high school. At least 4 shots. pic.twitter.com/RnGbbbahbK— Christina?????? (@TheChristinaXX) September 13, 2017
Dr. Jeff Collins of the Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center said there were up to six victims, and that two were admitted to the hospital.
Annie Baxter, whose two daughters attend the middle school across the street, told the Spokesman-Review that she heard an alarm sound and saw children running into the school around 10:15 am local time.
Heavy traffic on HWY 27 due to reported shooting at Freeman High School. Emergency vehicles still arriving on scene. pic.twitter.com/CwV1fdnfbG— Danamarie McNicholl (@KREMDanamarie) September 13, 2017
Nicole Stewart, a spokeswoman for Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center and Children’s Hospital, said that the hospital had received patients but declined to release the number or their conditions. She said hospital officials would hold a news conference on Wednesday afternoon to provide more information.
Local television station KREM, citing a fire chief, said that a suspect had been taken into custody.
Area schools were put on preventive lockdown.
A Twitter user named Christina identified herself as a junior at the high school and said she had been evacuated following at least four shots. She tweeted a picture of anxious-looking students sitting on the floor in a classroom.