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Shooting at Spokane-area high school leaves 1 dead, several wounded

Christine Clarridge, The Seattle Times on

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SEATTLE -- One person is dead and at least three others have been wounded in a shooting at a high school south of Spokane.

The Spokesman-Review reported Wednesday that at least four people were shot, including the victim who died.

A suspect has been taken into custody, according to the newspaper.

"The shooter is in the back seat of a patrol car right now," Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich said at the scene in Rockford, Spokane County.

Dr. Jeff Collins, the chief physician at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center and Children's Hospital in Spokane, told the newspaper three victims were admitted to the hospital.

Their ages and extent of their injuries weren't immediately known.

"We're all hands on deck," Collins told the Spokesman-Review. "We train for this regularly."

Three patients are in stable condition at Providence, said hospital spokeswoman Liz DeRuyter. No others are expected.

Gov. Jay Inslee said in a statement after the shooting: "This morning's shooting at Freeman High School is heartbreaking. All Washingtonians are thinking of the victims and their families, and are grateful for the service of school staff and first responders working to keep our students safe."

He said the Washington State Patrol and other state agencies would assist in the investigation.


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