Student Killed Trying To Stop High School Shooter, Staff Member Took Shooter Down
Student Killed While Trying To Stop Freeman High School Shooting
Spokane County, WA – A student arrived at Freeman High School on Wednesday morning and opened fire on his classmates. During the shooting, one student was killed while trying to stop him before a staff member took the shooter down.
The incident happened Wednesday morning. The unidentified juvenile student opened fire in Freeman High School before his gun jammed.
While the gun was jammed, a student walked up to him to try to talk him out of what he was doing.
“It sounds like he tried to walk up and tell him, ‘I’m not, this isn’t what you want to do’,” Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich said.
The shooter didn’t listen, and instead pulled out another gun and fatally shot that student.
“He then fired more rounds down the hallway, striking three more students and those students are in the hospital right now in serious condition,” the sheriff said.
Sheriff Knezovich didn’t go into many details, but said that a brave staff member stopped the shooter and had him under control when the first officers arrived on scene.
“This is another example of somebody that had a lot of courage, stepped up and stopped this before it got worse,” he said. “These are senseless and tragic events that really don’t need to happen and I don’t understand them.
“I don’t think anybody can make any sense out of this but we need to figure out what’s gone wrong with our society that our children decide that they need to take weapons to deal with the issues they’re facing.”
The sheriff said that it appeared that ongoing bullying was the motive for the shooting.
Governor Jay Inslee released a statement which said, “This morning’s shooting at Freeman High School is heartbreaking. As Spokane County officials continue their investigation to get the answers to the questions so many of us have during these unthinkable tragedies, the Washington State Patrol and all state agencies will do whatever we can to help provide support and comfort in the days and weeks to come.”