1 dead, 5 injured in Spokane, Washington high school shooting

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One person has been killed, and five injured in a shooting at the high school in Freeman, south of Spokane, in the US state of Washington. Ambulances and medical helicopters were called to the scene and area schools were put on lockdown.

“There is one victim, that’s a student, that is deceased,” Spokane Fire Chief Brian Schaeffer told reporters.

The suspect is in custody, the Spokane Spokesman-Review reports.

Motorists have been told to avoid using Highway 27, so ambulances and police could get through, KHQ-TV reported.

Area schools have been put on preventive lockdown.

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Dr. Jeff Collins of the Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center said there were up to six victims, and that two were admitted to the hospital.

Annie Baxter, whose two daughters attend the middle school across the street, told the Spokesman-Review that she heard an alarm sound and saw children running into the school around 10:15 am local time.

The school just had a lockdown drill on Tuesday, Baxter said, so she “thought it was weird because they wouldn’t do (a drill) two days in a row.”

She was told at least one person was shot but is expected to survive.

The lockdown on other schools was lifted at 11:30 local time (1630 GMT)

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