ABC News 13 out of Washington is reporting that one unidentified student is dead after a shooting at Freeman High School in Rockford, Washington.
Three more children were injured, but have been confirmed to be in stable condition. The shooter, whose identity has not yet been released, is in police custody, with Spokane Fire Chief Brian Schaeffer reassuring the public that “the threat from the shooter has been eliminated.”
Shortly after reports of the shooting, parents began rushing to the school.
Authorities said parents looking to reunite with Freeman High School students should report to the bus entrance gate at Hwy 27 where Washington State Patrol troopers would escort drivers to a reunion location.
Governor Jay Inslee called the shooting heartbreaking.
“This morning’s shooting at Freeman High School is heartbreaking. All Washingtonians are thinking of the victims and their families. We’re grateful for the service of school staff and first responders working to keep our students safe. 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,” Gov. Inslee said in a statement.
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
#Freeman LE going room 2 room, floor by floor. We understand parents are extremely concerned. We will provide info ASAP, please avoid area.
— SpokaneSheriffOffice (@SpokaneSheriff) September 13, 2017
A number of the schools in the area went into lockdown, which the Spokane School District lifted shortly before 11:30 AM local time.
There are many unknowns about this horrifying tragedy at this point, including the background and motivations of the killer, as well as what kind of gun or guns he used and how he acquired them.
Obviously, our immediate priorities here should be to ensure the safety of kids in the community, mourn the victims, comfort those left behind, treat the mental trauma of the students who went through this terror, and bring the perpetrator to justice.
Sadly, we know how this works. The usual suspects won’t even wait for the blood to be cleaned up before exploiting this tragedy to push for gun control laws that wouldn’t take a single weapon out of the hands of a single potential murderer, but would disarm scores of non-murderers who would be helpless to stop future shootings. It’s already started on Twitter, and it’ll only be a matter of time before the professional leftists and gun control groups pile on:
We don't need prayers for Spokane, we need leaders who believe in common sense gun control. Universal background checks protect our freedoms
— ♻️ Christopher Zullo (@ChrisJZullo) September 13, 2017
This fucking heartbreaking. Every time. I lost all hope for gun control after Sandy Hook. https://t.co/DxpL7RBQKR
— Phillip Henry (@MajorPhilebrity) September 13, 2017
Every week there is a mass shooting & we are not to bring up gun violence or gun control because it's insensitive.
— Alt Fed Employee (@Alt_FedEmployee) September 13, 2017
How many kids must die before our lawmakers stand up and say no more. It's past time to pass gun control and protect our kids. #spokane
— Julia (@julesa414) September 13, 2017
— J. Dice 🎲 (@jdice03) September 13, 2017
— Wallace Ritchie (@WallaceRitchie) September 13, 2017
Another school shooting in USA? Just awful, but let me guess, this is not the time to talk abt gun control? #Spokane
— Vinga Gjerstad (@VingaGjerstad) September 13, 2017
TFPP will continue to follow this story as it develops, and advocate for actual solutions that protect the innocent without depriving them of their constitutional right to protect themselves.