1 dead, 3 in­jured in Wash­ing­ton state

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A shooter opened fire at a high school in Wash­ing­ton state on Wed­nes­day, killing one per­son and in­jur­ing at least three oth­ers, author­i­ties said. Brian Scha­ef­fer of the Spokane Fire Depart­ment told re­porters that one per­son died at Free­man High School in the tiny town of Rock­ford, south of Spokane, and three in­jured vic­tims were taken to a hospi­tal. Prov­i­dence Sa­cred Heart Med­i­cal Cen­tre and Chil­dren’s Hospi­tal re­ceived three pae­di­atric pa­tients, spokes­woman Ni­cole Ste­wart said. They were in sta­ble con­di­tion, and fam­ily mem­bers were with them, she said. Spokane County Sher­iff Ozzie Kne­zovich said at the scene that the shooter was in cus­tody, The Spokesman-Re­view news­pa­per re­ported. Wor­ried par­ents rushed to the school in the town of about 500 peo­ple near the Idaho bor­der, about 25 miles south­east of Spokane. The two-lane road into town was clogged as peo­ple sped to the school. Ch­eryl Moser said her son, a fresh­man at Free­man High School, called her from a class­room after hear­ing shots fired. “He called me and said, ‘Mom there are gun­shots.’ He sounded so scared. I’ve never heard him like that,” Moser told the news­pa­per. “You never think about some­thing hap­pen­ing like this at a small school.” Am­bu­lances and a Life-flight he­li­copter were sent to the school. Stephanie Lutje told The As­so­ci­ated Press that she was re­lieved to hear her son was safe after his high school near Free­man was put on lock­down. She com­mended the school district for its com­mu­ni­ca­tion with par­ents. “It’s been amaz­ing, within prob­a­bly 1520 min­utes of hear­ing about it, I’d al­ready re­ceived a phone call, I’d al­ready re­ceived a text mes­sage say­ing that their school is okay,” she said. She was still wor­ried for oth­ers she knew, in­clud­ing a co-worker who had yet to hear from her son, a sopho­more at Free­man. “My stom­ach’s in knots right now,” she said. Wash­ing­ton Gov­er­nor Jay Inslee said in a state­ment that “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.”

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