Marysville-Pilchuck High School, a school of around 2500 students, in the 5600 block of 108th Street NE, Marysville, WA, is placed on lockdown around 10:45 a.m. Pacific Time (13:45 Eastern) as staff and students call 911 after multiple gunshots in the cafeteria.
A witness says he saw Jaylen Fryberg come into the Marysville-Pilchuck High School cafeteria, walk over to a table, pull out a gun and shoot students who were sitting there. Witnesses describe Freyberg’s actions during the shooting:
[He] was just staring down every one of his victims as he shot them.
Another witness says the attack on the students was targeted:
[Fryberg] came up from behind … and fired about six bullets into the backs of them. They were his friends, so it wasn’t just random
A student who was in the cafeteria says she saw the suspect pull out the gun and stand up. She says she heard five shots before she ran for the exit.
Another student says the shooter was angry at a girl who would not date him, and that the girl was one of the people shot. Students report pandemonium in the lunchroom after the shooting, with dozens rushing for doors and then jumping a fence to escape. Freshman Austin Wright said every exit in lunchroom was jammed with kids escaping:
I heard three gunshots and I ran.
A student who was in the cafeteria when the shooting began tells CNN he called the police and then gave his phone to a teacher. He says blood was ‘everywhere’.
Law enforcement sources say two students are dead, including the shooter, who turned the gun on himself. Four of the injured are taken by ambulance to Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett. Three, all young people, are in critical condition, with head injuries. A fourth person with lesser injuries is transferred to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. Marysville Police Commander Robb Lamoureux:
It is an active scene. We do ask parents to please stay away.