A student was killed in a shooting at a high school in Washington State Wednesday.
Three more victims were taken to Sacred Heart Medical Center where they were in critical condition, Spokane Fire Department Chief Brian Schaeffer said.
It’s unclear if they were students or teachers.
A suspect was detained shortly after the shooting was reported, according to NBC-affiliate KHQ.
The Spokane Valley Fire Department confirmed it responded to an “active shooter” at Freeman High School at around 10:30 a.m.
Freeman High School is located in Rockford in Spokane County. It has 327 enrolled students.
Nearby schools were on lockdown Wednesday morning, Spokane Public Schools said on twitter. The lockdown was lifted less than an hour later, once police reported that the suspect had been taken into custody.
A student at the school reported that she and her classmates had been evacuated from the high school.
She shared an image of students taking cover in a Freeman Elementary School classroom.
“At Freeman elementary currently. I am a junior, evacuated from the high school. At least 4 shots,” she said.
Teresa Fuller, a spokesperson for the Spokane Police Deparment, confirmed that all students, including those in hiding places, were located and cleared out of the building.
“The high school is completely cleared of kiddos and teachers and staff and now the process begins for us to look at the investigative part of this and what happened…that’s going to take us some time,” she told reporters on the scene.
One parent said that Freeman Elementary students were in PE class at the high school when shots were fired, KREM2 reported.
Parents were urged to report to the north end of the high school for information.
Washington Governor Jay Inslee tweeted about an hour and a half after the shooting occurred.
“This morning’s shooting at Freeman High School is heartbreaking. All Washingtonians are thinking of the victims and their families,” he said. “The @wastatepatrol and all state agencies will do whatever we can to help provide support and comfort in the days and weeks to come,” he said.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.