Pictured: Homecoming king gunman, 15, who had just returned from suspension opened fire in school cafeteria killing one and injuring four before he shot himself dead
- Jaylen Fryberg, 15, opened fire at 10.39am Marysville-Pilchuck High School
- He shot five people, killing one, before fatally shooting himself
- Four of the victims are in critical condition in hospital, one may be his cousin
- Classmates described Fryberg as popular, he was a homecoming prince
- Fryberg, a Native-American, was ‘suspended from the team for fighting’
- Witnesses said he had a ‘blank stare’, there was ‘blood all over the cafeteria’
- The presumed murder weapon, a .40 caliber Beretta handgun, was recovered at the scene, it is believed to be his father’s gun
- A classmate said Fryberg was angry that a girl at the school rejected him
- He posted his last tweet last night, it read: ‘It won’t last… It’ll never last…’
- School in Marysville, 30 miles north of Seattle, closed until November 3
The shooter who opened fire at a Washington high school this morning was a popular 15-year-old boy who played on the football team and was crowned homecoming prince.
Jaylen Fryberg killed one classmate and wounded four more before turning the gun on himself in the cafeteria of Marysville-Pilchuck High School at 10.39am.
The horrific attack has left the entire community reeling as friends described Fryberg, a member of the Tulalip Native-American tribe, as a ‘well-respected, great guy’.
Authorities are now scrambling to determine a possible cause for the shooting as the four survivors fight for their lives in hospital.
Pupils have told news stations Fryberg was suspended from the football team in recent weeks after being involved in a fight over ‘racist’ comments.
Others said he had been rejected by a girl.
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Shooter: The gunman in the Marysville-Pilchuck High School in Marysville has been identified as Jaylen Fryberg
Hunter: Fryberg has been described as an avid hunter. Three months ago, he shared an image of himself showing of his new rifle (right)
Ominous: Fryberg’s last tweet posted the night before the shooting read:’ It’s won’t last… It’ll never last….’
Veiled threat? In August, Fryberg ranted on Twitter at someone who had upset him
Heritage: Fryberg was a member of the Tulalip Native-American tribe
Hunting buddies: Jaylen pictured gun in hand on a hunting trip standing beside a teenage girl believed to be his girlfriend
Popularity contest: Earlier this month, Jaylen Fryberg was crowned a homecoming prince at school
Jock: Fryberg was a member of the football time, but had been suspended recently for fighting
Fryberg’s tweets had become increasingly ominous in the months leading up to his bloody tirade. Recently he tweeted: ‘Your gonna piss me off… And then some s*** gonna go down and I don’t think you’ll like it…’.
His final tweet last night ominously stated: ‘It won’t last…It’ll never last…’.
Just hours later he entered the crowded cafeteria during lunch break with ‘a blank stare’ on his face and walked up behind one table clutching a handgun, witnesses described.
Multiple shots were fired, hitting five students.
One is said to have died at the scene before Fryberg turned the gun and killed himself.
All four of the victims were taken to Providence Regional Hospital in critical condition. Two were admitted to theater for surgery, while the remaining pair was transported to nearby Harborview Medical Center.
The school has now been closed until November 3 and counselors have been brought in to work with traumatized witnesses and friends of the victims.
Tonight’s football match between Marysville-Pilchuck and Oak Harbor High School has been canceled and Oak Harbor has taken second place as a gesture.
Footage taken of the aftermath showed shaking teenagers being evacuated from the school with their hands in the air so officers could be sure they were not armed.
Officers with rifles rushed across the field to check the students for either injuries or weapons before taking them to a local church, where parents were gathered.
The school was placed on lockdown at 10.43am Pacific time after students and teachers called 911 about multiple shots fired in the cafeteria.
By 11am, a full SWAT team was at the scene.
A male victim being treated at Harborview Medical Center emerged from surgery at 4.30pm Easter time but was still in a serious condition.
Deadly: A school shooting left at one student dead, four others injured and the gunman, Jaylen Fryberg, dead at Marysville-Pilchuck High School in Marysville, about 35 miles from Seattle
Emergency: The school was placed on lockdown this afternoon after students and teachers raised the alarm about multiple shots fired in the cafeteria
An officer with his gun drawn is seen responding to the school shooting. The alleged gunman died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound
Marysville Pilchuk is a public secondary school for grades 9-12 and is part of the Marysville School District
People react as they wait at a church, Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, where students were taken to be reunited with parents following a shooting at Marysville Pilchuck High School in Marysville
In tears: A girl at the school pictured sobbing and being embraced by a relative after the school shooting
Tonight, Chief Rik Smith of Marysville Police Department told a press conference FBI agents will work through the night interviewing witnesses to piece together details of the crime.
He refused to say Fryberg’s name, adding: ‘I will not perpetuate this cruel act in a place where kids should feel safe. I will not perpetuate that by spending any time on the shooter.
‘Instead I want to focus on the heroic efforts of teacher who quickly moved students to safety and the students who helped each other.’
Herman Williams Jr, chairman of the Tulalip Tribe, also addressed media.
He said: ‘I am deeply saddened by the terrible tragedy in our local school district. Our prayers go out to the families and the entire community.
‘Our first priority is to support the families and the children of those involved.
‘Our community is reeling from this experience, so we ask that the media and the public honor the families and our children in this time of grief. Sadly, we are now experiencing what has become a national trend, which we, as a society, must address.
‘These are our children. They are suffering, and their lives will be forever changed.
‘The fact that tribal members were involved makes it extremely hard to respond to any inquiries until we are aware of all the circumstances.
‘As chairman, I ask everyone to pray for the children and families of those involved.’
A student who spoke to CNN on the phone from inside the school described a grisly scene inside the cafeteria, telling the news outlet: ‘There was blood everywhere.’
According to the unnamed teen, Fryberg was a popular freshman and a member of the Marysville-Pilchuk football team, but he was recently suspended for fighting.
He was also an avid hunter and gun enthusiast, as evidenced by photos posted on his social media accounts.
A few months ago, he shared a picture online showing off a new rifle he had received for his birthday.
Earlier this month, the freshman was crowned homecoming prince, but a classmate told CNN that may have been subjected to bullying.
Police Commander Robb Lamoureux told reporters authorities believed that the shooter acted alone, but had no immediate word on a motive.
However, Jarron Webb, 15, told the Seattle Times Fryberg was angry at a girl for spurning his advance, and that he shot her dead as payback for her rejection.
On the eve of the shooting, Fryberg wrote an ominous final post on Twitter that read: ‘it won’t last…. It’ll never last…. ‘
While Fryberg’s friends and classmates described him as a nice, well-liked boy, his online history paints a somewhat different picture.
Over the past few months, Fryberg had unleashed a series of foul-mouthed and highly sexualized tweets venting his rage over a breakup. In some messages, the high school freshman expressed a desire to end his life.
Devastated: People embrace in a circle at a church after the deadly school shooting
Location: The tragedy played out Friday morning in Marysville, about 35 miles from Seattle
‘F*** it!! Might As Well Die Now,’ the 15-year-old tweeted in June.
Earlier this week, just days before the shooting rampage, Fryberg fired off a cryptic message that read: ‘Alright. You f***ing got me…. That broke me.’
A boy who witnessed the attack said at one point during the shooting, the gunman’s handgun jammed, and the boy used that opportunity to flee the cafeteria.
He added that the teenager, whom he described as a ‘nice kid,’ remained silent while squeezing off rounds and had a ‘blank stare’ in his eyes.
Police are now in the process of sweeping the school. According to a press conference held at around 3pm Eastern time, officers are still finding groups of students and teachers hiding inside classrooms.
‘I was in my classroom and someone pulled the fire alarm and we thought it was a fire drill and we ran out and they told us to go back in a classroom,; student Cindy Rodriguez, 17, told NBC News. ‘We’re scared.’
Ayn Dietrich, an FBI spokesperson in Seattle, said the agency had personnel on their way to the scene to help authorities with the investigation.
Students with their hands in the air have been removed from the campus to a nearby community center
FBI agents have been sent to the scene to help with the investigation into the shooting
Officials at Marysville-Pilchuk posted a message on the school’s website that read in part: ‘Students who attend MPHS campus are being relocated to the Shoultes Community Church at the corner of 116th and 51st Street. Buses will take students home from there.
‘Those parents in the area wanting to pick up their child will need to go to the church location and sign out their child out with school administrator or law enforcement.
‘All after-school activities across the district are canceled today.’
Parents are being asked to bring their identification cards in order to pick up their children from the church.
The latest school shooting in the region happened at Seattle Pacific University, where a gunman killed one student and wounded two others on June 5.