Multiple students were shot at Marysville Pilchuck High School in Marysville, Washington. The school is located in Snohomish County, just north of Seattle. The shooting happened just after 10 a.m. local time. Cops responded to the school at around 10:30 a.m. when they got a 911 call from someone on campus.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Police Are Saying 2 People Are Dead
There are unconfirmed reports that six people have been hurt in the attack, the Seattle Times reports that number is 7. The Snohomish Times News tweeted that the injured students are being airlifted from the school. Providence Regional Hospital told KIRO-TV that they are treating three patients with gunshot wounds in critical condition. All were shot in the head.
Seattle Times’ reporter Jennifer Sullivan tweeted that two people are dead.
A reporter from KIRO7 is apparently receiving texts from a teacher inside the school, who says “It is very quiet right now. Eerie.”
2. The Shooting Began in the Cafeteria
The gunfire is believed to have broken out in the cafeteria. A student within the high school told a local news station on Twitter that the shooter walked up to a table in the cafeteria and shot 4-6 times at the students sitting down. He approached the students from behind and targeted specific students. A student, Austin Taylor, told KING5, “He was just staring down every one of his victims as he shot them.” There were 50 people in the cafeteria at the time of the shooting.
Ryan Edwards, a senior at the school, tweeted that the students at the school are on lockdown. Parents are being asked to go to Shoultes Gospel Church at 116th Dt. NE and 51st Ave. to pick up their kids. Police are telling worried parents to stay away from the school campus.
Edwards later tweeted:
3. The Gunman Killed Himself
Seattle Times reporter Jennifer Sullivan tweeted that the gunman is “dead from self-inflicted wound.” Police confirmed the shooter was dead but didn’t say how the gunman died. The gunman is a student. Police are confident that there was only one shooter. It’s being widely reported that the student was angry with another student over a girl. The shooter was a Native American, quiet student, who played football and was on the school’s wrestling team.
4. Police Swarmed the School
An official statement from the Marysville School District read:
The Marysville Pilchuck High School is currently in lock down due to an emergency situation. Police and emergency services have responded. The Marysville School District lock down procedures will remain in effect at Marysville Pilchuck until further notice from law enforcement. We will continue to forward communication in cooperation with law enforcement.
A massive police response was dispatched to the school, according to KIRO-TV, Casey Blakely, a witness said:
About every 30 seconds school I had to pull over because there were so many cops and paramedics going by. The road was blocked off from about two blocks away. There were a bunch of kids on the next block that apparently fled the school. They were all huddled together talking to cars that drove by.
NBC News reports that President Obama has been briefed on the shooting.
5. There Are Over 2,500 Students at the School