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.
BREAKING: Spokane Fire Chief confirms one person is dead in shooting at Freeman High School. #KXLY
— Stevee Chapman (@SteveeKXLY) September 13, 2017
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.
Due to a reported shooting near Freeman High School, all southside SPS schools are currently in lockdown. Updates as information allows.
— Spokane Schools (@spokaneschools) September 13, 2017
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.
#BREAKING: Spokane Fire Chief says there was a shooter inside Freeman High School around 10:30 a.m. “Threat has been eliminated.”
— Jen York (@KREMjen) September 13, 2017
The lockdown on other schools was lifted at 11:30 local time (1630 GMT)