One dead at school shoot­ing in US

The Phnom Penh Post - - WORLD -

A STU­DENT shot and killed an­other stu­dent and wounded three oth­ers on Wed­nes­day at a high school in the north­west­ern state ofWash­ing­ton be­fore be­ing dis­armed, au­thor­i­ties said.

The shoot­ing took place at Free­man High School in Spokane County, Wash­ing­ton state, 460 kilo­me­tres from Seat­tle, where wit­nesses de­scribed a scene of ter­ror as the heav­ily armed shooter stalked the halls.

County Sher­iff Ozzie Kne­zovich told re­porters the shooter was a stu­dent who was armed with more than one weapon, re­port­edly a ri­fle and a hand­gun.

“He pro­ceeded to take his weapons out. At that point he at­tempted to fire one weapon and jammed,” the sher­iff said.

“He went to his next weapon and a stu­dent walked up to him, en­gaged him, and that stu­dent was shot. That stu­dent did not sur­vive,” he said.

“He then fired more shots around down the hall­way, strik­ing three more stu­dents and those stu­dents are in the hos­pi­tal,” he said.

Kne­zovich said the shooter was fi­nally dis­abled by “a mem­ber of the Free­man com­mu­nity”, be­fore po­lice ar­rived on the scene.

The Spokesman-Re­view, a lo­cal news site, said the stu­dent was tack­led by a school cus­to­dian. It said the blood­shed be­gan out­side a bi­ol­ogy class on the school’s sec­ond floor.

“I was putting my back­pack away, and I heard a loud pop, and I turned around. He was walk­ing around,” Elisa Vigil, a 14-year-old fresh­man, told the Spokesman-Re­view.

“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.”

The three wounded stu­dents were all girls, it said. They were re­ported in sta­ble con­di­tion at a lo­cal hos­pi­tal.

Stu­dents said the shooter was a sopho­more who had rid­den the school bus to classes with his weapons con­cealed in a duf­fel bag.

“We need to un­der­stand what’s go­ing on in our so­ci­ety that stu­dents feel they need to take a weapon to solve the prob­lems they are deal­ing with,” Kne­zovich said.

Ac­cord­ing to the Gun Vi­o­lence web­site, 253 mass shoot­ings – de­fined as four or more peo­ple shot in a sin­gle in­ci­dent – have been re­ported in the United States so far this year, in­clud­ing Wed­nes­day’s shoot­ing in Wash­ing­ton state.

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