The teen suspect in this latest gun rampage - a young man described by one classmate as being obsessed with past school shootings - was taken into custody. "It's unreal. It's a sad day here in Freeman".
'He went to his next weapon, ' the sheriff explained. A student walked up to him, engaged him, and that student was shot. The wounded students are all expected to survive.
The 15-year-old high school student killed after a student opened fire at a Washington state high school was trying to stop the massacre. "That type of courage", Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich said, cost Strahan his life.
KREM-TV writes that a parent from the high school said the suspect and the fatal victim were known as "best friends".
After the shooting, all of the school's students were evacuated.
A call to the school was not immediately returned.
A sheriff in Washington state says a shooting at a rural high school might have been worse if the suspect's AR-15 rifle hadn't jammed. Sam Strahan died after being shot in the head, while Emma Nees, Jordyn Goldsmith and Gracie Jensen were wounded as Sharpe allegedly fired into a crowd of students. Authorities have not commented on a possible motive. The victims also were not named. Then a school custodian approached the shooter and ordered him to surrender.
The school shooting rocked the tight-knit community of only a few hundred residents. A vigil was planned Wednesday evening at a nearby church.
"The safety of our students is priority No. 1 and we appreciated your partnership in remaining vigilant to protect the children in our community", said Deer Park Superintendent Travis Hanson in a prepared statement. Some people abandoned their cars on the road shoulder to make it to their children. She even held hands and prayed with a girl who was shot in the back. He sounded so scared. He told officers he wanted to teach "everyone a lesson about what happens when you bully others".
Caleb Sharpe took two weapons from his dad's gun safe before killing one and wounding three others at Freeman High School outside of Spokane, according to court documents. They are Emma Neese, Jordan Goldsmith and Gracie Jensen.
Hospital officials said in a news conference early Wednesday afternoon that all three injured students were in stable condition.
The group was preforming at the Spokane County Interstate Fair when they dedicated their show to the victims and families of the Freeman High School tragedy. She commended the school district for its communication. Cheryl Moser said her son, a freshman, called her from a second floor classroom after hearing shots fired.
She still anxious for others she knew, including a co-worker who had yet to hear from her son, a sophomore at Freeman.
It was then that a courageous custodian put his life on the line, attempting to convince Sharpe to stop the madness, the Associated Press reports. All Freeman School District and all Spokane School District schools went into lockdown but the Spokane District lifted the lockdown just before 11:30 a.m.
The Spokesman-Review reports that first responders were at Freeman High School in Rockford on Wednesday morning.
Throughout the school year, the school district will update all exterior doors for keyless entry to the buildings. He retired from that position in 2008.