[UPDATE] 2 Dead After High School Shooting in Seattle

Empty ClassroomA student who opened fire at a Washington state high school on Friday, October 24, is now dead, according to police reports. The unnamed shooter wounded several others at Marysville-Pilchuck High School, about 30 miles north of Seattle.

Marysville Police Commander Robb Lamoureux initially told reporters that the only fatality was that of the assailant, but CNN is reporting that at least one other person is dead, and four others suffered grave injuries. Three of those four are said to be in critical condition, and the fourth in serious condition.

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An anonymous federal law enforcement official said that the shooter "died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound."

Officials received word of the shooting around 10:30 a.m., via a 911 call from "someone inside the school." The school district issued a statement saying, "The Marysville-Pilchuck High School is currently in lockdown due to an emergency situation ... Police and emergency services have responded. The Marysville School District lock down procedures will remain in effect at Pilchuck until further notice from law enforcement."

Students inside the school at the time of the shooting say the incident occurred in the cafeteria. One student was at the scene, which he described as chaotic with blood "everywhere." He said he knew the gunman and that he was a "popular student who recently had been the victim of bullying."

Police do not have a motive yet. Unfortunately, there probably isn't really one, other than a sick individual retaliating for some perceived injustice. It's terribly tragic, but of all the shootings that have happened, is there ever really an explanation as to why? It's all just so awful and unfair.

Hopefully the others who were injured make a full recovery -- at least a physical one. The emotional trauma, however, will be a tough one to get over, for those who were shot and for everyone else at the school who undoubtedly has to be thinking right now, That could've been me.

Does your heart ache hearing these kind of stories?

UPDATE: The gunman has been identified as freshman Jaylen Fryberg, according to several eyewitnesses who told CNN. Fryberg was described as a popular student and was nominated as the school's freshman homecoming king on October 17. His social media accounts show him hunting frequently and identify him as a Native American member of the Tulalip tribe.

Please call 1-800-273-8255 to reach the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline in case you are worried about yourself or someone else.

 

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