Students and faculty are seen evacuating after reports of a school shooting at Marysville-Pilchuck High School. (Oct. 24)
A student opened fire at a high school north of Seattle, injuring several people, then killing himself, police said.
At a briefing, police said they are going through the school to make sure the danger has passed. Marysville Police Cmdr. Robert Lamoureux said, “Right we are now confirming one person that is deceased and that person is believe to be the shooter and at this point we do not believe there are any other shooters on campus.”
Police learned of the shooting from a 911 call from someone inside the school at about 10:45 a.m., Pacific time, Lamoureux said.
The Marysville school district released a statement that says, “the Marysville Pilchuck High School is currently in lock down due to an emergency situation. Police and emergency services have responded.
“The Marysville School District lock down procedures will remain in effect at Pilchuck until further notice from law enforcement,” the statement said. “We will continue to forward communication in cooperation with law enforcement.”
The Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office is assisting Marysville police.
Di Andres, whose 17-year-old son is a student, told KING-TV that her son texted her about the shooting.
“He said that the school has been in lockdown and he’s been hiding in a closet in a classroom with some classmates,” said Andres. “As far as we know, he’s okay and safe with those other classmates.”
Airlift Northwest confirms that they are transporting two patients, but didn’t give more information.
The Seattle Times reports that as many as six people were injured.
Ambulances are staging around the school, according to the newspaper. Aerials showed students being led out of the school and evacuated onto buses.
The Marysville Pilchuck football coach told KING-TV that he is not at school, but is checking in with his players by text.
“I’m just making sure my kids are safe,” Coach Brandon Carson said. “I don’t know if any players are involved. I have checked in with a few, and I have talked with a handful of kids.
“They said there’s a shooter in the lunchroom and that’s all I know.”
Governor Jay Inslee has been briefed about the shooting.
A statement from his office said that he “like everybody is keeping these students and families in his prayers.”
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Doug Stanglin contributed to this report.