Shoot­ing sus­pect had been meet­ing with coun­selor

The Garden Island - - Morning Briefing -

Caleb Sharpe rode the bus to his high school in a tiny Wash­ing­ton state town, car­ry­ing a black duf­fel bag. The 15-year-old walked to a sec­ond-floor hall­way, pulled an as­sault weapon from the bag and tried to load it, au­thor­i­ties said. It jammed, and a class­mate walked up. “I al­ways knew you were go­ing to shoot up the school,” the stu­dent said, ac­cord­ing to court doc­u­ments re­leased Thurs­day. “You know this is go­ing to get you in trou­ble.”

Sharpe pulled a pis­tol from his coat pocket and shot his class­mate, also 15, in the ab­domen and then in the face, killing him, ac­cord­ing to the doc­u­ments.

He then walked down the hall­way, fir­ing at other stu­dents or into the ceil­ing, au­thor­i­ties say. Three fe­male stu­dents were wounded but were ex­pected to sur­vive.

Sharpe told po­lice that he had been bul­lied by the boy who died but did not tar­get him specif­i­cally.

“In­stead he’d come to the school to teach ev­ery­one a les­son about what hap­pens when you bully oth­ers,” the doc­u­ments said Sharpe told in­ves­ti­ga­tors.

The shoot­ing Wed­nes­day at Free­man High School in Rock­ford came af­ter trou­bling be­hav­ior by Sharpe that the doc­u­ments and his class­mates de­tailed. They say he brought notes to school about do­ing “some­thing stupid,” was ob­sessed with past school shoot­ings and posted videos on­line that showed him play­ing with guns.

Sharpe, a sopho­more, also had been meet­ing with a school coun­selor over sui­ci­dal thoughts and had left a sui­cide note at home for his par­ents be­fore the shoot­ing.

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