Of­fi­cials: Stu­dent killed con­fronting shooter at high school Paris awarded ‘24 Olympics, LA gets ‘28

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ROCK­FORD, Wash. -- A stu­dent who opened fire in a hall­way at a Wash­ing­ton state high school killed a class­mate who con­fronted him Wed­nes­day and wounded three oth­ers be­fore be­ing stopped by a staff mem­ber, au­thor­i­ties said.

The sus­pect, who a class­mate de­scribed as be­ing ob­sessed with pre­vi­ous school shoot­ings, was taken into cus­tody. The wounded vic­tims were ex­pected to sur­vive, of­fi­cials said.

The shooter brought two weapons to Free­man High School in Rock­ford, south of Spokane, but the first one he tried to fire jammed, Spokane County Sher­iff Ozzie Kne­zovich told re­porters.

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

The sher­iff said the shooter fired more rounds down the hall­way, strik­ing the other stu­dents, be­fore a school staffer could stop him. Kzen­ovich called it a coura­geous act that pre­vented fur­ther blood­shed.

Elisa Vigil, a 14-year-old fresh­man, told The As­so­ci­ated Press that she saw one male stu­dent shot in the head who jan­i­tors cov­ered with a cloth and an­other fe­male stu­dent wounded in the back.

Michael Harper, a 15-year-old sopho­more, said the sus­pect had brought notes in the be­gin­ning of the school year, say­ing he was go­ing to do “some­thing stupid” and might get killed or jailed. Some stu­dents alerted coun­selors, the teen told AP, but it wasn't clear what school of­fi­cials did in re­sponse.

A call to the school was not im­me­di­ately re­turned.

Harper said the shooter had many friends and was not bul­lied, call­ing him “nice and funny and weird” and a huge fan of the TV show “Break­ing Bad.” He also said the sus­pect was ob­sessed with other school shoot­ings.

Stu­dents said the shooter was armed with a pis­tol and ri­fle and had car­ried a duf­fel bag to school. Af­ter shots were fired, stu­dents went run­ning and scream­ing down the hall­ways, Harper said.

Au­thor­i­ties didn't re­lease the sus­pect's iden­tity or a pos­si­ble mo­tive. The vic­tims also were not named.

Luis Prito, an as­sis­tant foot­ball coach at Free­man High, called the shoot­ing dev­as­tat­ing. A vigil was planned Wed­nes­day evening at a nearby church.

“This is a real close-knit com­mu­nity,” he said.

A two-lane road into the town of about 500 peo­ple near the Idaho bor­der was clogged as wor­ried par­ents sped to the school. Some peo­ple aban­doned their cars on the street to make it to their chil­dren.

Ch­eryl Moser said her son, a fresh­man, 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 Spokesman-Re­view news­pa­per. “You never think about some­thing hap­pen­ing like this at a small school.”

Prov­i­dence Sa­cred Heart Med­i­cal Cen­ter and Chil­dren's Hos­pi­tal re­ceived three pe­di­atric pa­tients, spokes­woman Ni­cole Stew­art said.

They were in sta­ble con­di­tion and sur­rounded by fam­ily, she said.

LIMA, Peru -- The tears welling in the Paris mayor's eyes told the story one way. The words the Los An­ge­les mayor spoke told it an­other.

This was one of those rare Olympic mo­ments when ev­ery­one walked away a win­ner.

Paris for 2024. Los An­ge­les for 2028. And the In­ter­na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee for trans­form­ing its un­ruly, ten­sion-filled and some­times cor­rupt bid­ding process into a his­tory-mak­ing, two-city vic­tory that se­cures the fu­ture of the Games for the next 11 years.

"This is a pretty rad­i­cal revo­lu­tion to­day," LA mayor Eric Garcetti said. "Usu­ally, we have two or three cities cry­ing in a cor­ner, and one glo­ri­ous vic­tory. In this world, there are enough losers to­day, enough peo­ple who go af­ter dreams to have them crushed. To­day, we model some­thing that can be dif­fer­ent."

Dif­fer­ent, as in the first time the IOC has granted two Sum­mer Olympics at once. And dif­fer­ent, in that there was no need for a se­cret bal­lot or any last­minute, back-room deal mak­ing. This re­sult came af­ter a year's worth of scram­bling by IOC pres­i­dent Thomas Bach, who had only the two bid­ders left for the orig­i­nal prize, 2024, and couldn't af­ford to see ei­ther lose.

There was no drama — the de­ci­sion had been locked in for more than a month. But to say there was no emo­tion would not be true.

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