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Sophomore student killed in shooting at Freeman High School

One student dead, 3 injured in...

ROCKFORD, Wash. - Update: Friends and family have identified the student who died in yesterday's shooting as sophomore Sam Strahan. He died while trying to stop the shooter.

One of the three injured girls who was shot and wounded has been released from the hospital. The other two victims remain in satisfactory condition at Sacred Heart Medical Center.

Previous: A student opened fire on his classmates Wednesday morning at Freeman High School, killing one and injuring three others.

According to Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich, the suspect walked into school with a black duffel bag, and tried to shoot one gun, which jammed. He then pulled out another weapon and shot and killed a student who tried to stop him.

“It sounds like the student tried to walk up and tell him this is not what you want to do,” said Knezovich.

The shooter then moved down the hallway and struck three more students.

“I dropped my daughter off at school and she sent me a text and said there was a lockdown and that they told her to run,” said Michelle McCammond, mother of a Freeman High School student.

“She told me that you can't come up here because...there is is so much going on.”

A courageous act by a custodian stopped the shooter, who ordered the student to surrender. The suspect, who has not yet been identified, was taken into custody and is in juvenile detention.

“It sounds like a case of bullying type of situation,” said Knezovich. “But there will be more to discuss once we fully get that information out.”

Freeman High School had just had a lockdown drill on Tuesday.

Police have not identified the student who died.

The three injured students were taken to Sacred Heart. Sacred Heart said the patients are all doing well and are stable.

 


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