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One dead, three wounded in Washington state school shooting

One dead, three wounded in Washington state school shooting

One child was killed and three people wounded at a shooting, on Wednesday, at a high school near Spokane, Washington, before a suspect was taken into custody, the local fire chief said.

Spokane Fire Chief, Brian Schaeffer, told reporters at a news conference that it was not immediately clear if the slain victim was a student at Freeman High School in Rockford, Washington.

Schaeffer said he did not know if the suspect was a student at the school or what may have motivated the gun violence.

None of the wounded victims were identified.

The fire chief described a chaotic scene, with the sounds of bullets echoing through the halls prompting fears that there was more than one shooter.

Local television stations showed the school surrounded by police and fire vehicles, parents running the scene.

Three victims were in stable condition at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Centre and Children’s Hospital in Spokane, said spokeswoman Nicole Stewart.

“This morning’s shooting at Freeman High School is heartbreaking. All Washingtonians are thinking of the victims and their families,” Governor Jay Inslee said on Twitter.

Spokane placed all schools in the district on lockdown at about 10:30 a.m. PDT (17:30 GMT), following the shooting, but an hour later said on Twitter that it had been lifted.

The United States has had an average of 52 school shooting incidents a year since a gunman killed 26 young children and educators in Newtown, Connecticut, in 2012, according to Everytown for Gun Safety, a gun-control group founded in response to that massacre.


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