Student Shot Dead While Confronting Gunman in Shooting at Washington High School

Officials say a student was shot dead after attempting to confront a gunman at a high school south of Spokane, Washington, CBS affiliate KREM-TV reports.

First responders were called to Freeman High School in Rockford around 10:30 a.m. Wednesday morning. KREM-TV reports the suspected shooter was taken into custody.

“The threat from the shooter has been eliminated,” Spokane Fire Chief Brian Schaeffer told the station.

The suspect’s name is Caleb Sharpe, according to witnesses who spoke with KREM-TV. Sharpe’s family has asked for privacy at this time, the station adds.

KREM-TV writes that a parent from the high school said the suspect and the fatal victim were known as “best friends.”

Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich said the shooter, a student, entered the school armed with two weapons. The shooter took out the first weapon and tried to fire it, but it jammed. Another student confronted him, and the gunman took out a second weapon and fatally shot that student, Knezovich said.

The gunman then fired down the hallway, shooting and injuring three other students, Knezovich said.

While details were still sparse, Knezovich said it appears the gunman was then subdued by the “very courageous actions” of a school district employee. When law enforcement arrived, that employee and a school resource officer were sitting on the gunman to restrain him, Knezovich said. He was then taken into custody.

Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center and Children’s Hospital received three pediatric patients, spokeswoman Nicole Stewart said. They were in stable condition.

Fire officials would not confirm the age of the deceased victim.

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SOURCE: CBS News, The Associated Press