Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

School Gunman Was Homecoming Prince, Students Say

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

School Gunman Was Homecoming Prince, Students Say

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MARYSVILLE, Wash. * A student recently crowned freshman class Homecoming prince walked into his Seattle-area high school cafeteria Friday and opened fire, killing a student and shooting several people in the head before turning the gun on himself, officials and witnesses said.

Students said the gunman was staring at students as he shot them inside the cafeteria at Marysville-Pilchuck High School. The shootings set off a chaotic scene as students ran from the cafeteria and building in a frantic dash to safety, while others were told to stay put inside classrooms at the school 30 miles north of Seattle.

The gunman was identified as student Jaylen Fryberg, a government official with direct knowledge of the shooting told The Associated Press. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media.

Students and parents said Fryberg was a member of a prominent family from the nearby Tulalip Indian tribe and a freshman who played on the high school football team. He was introduced at a football game as the school's 2014 Homecoming court freshmen class prince, according to a video shot by parent Jim McGauhey.

Marysville Police Commander Robb Lamoureux said the gunman had died of a self-inflicted wound, but he could not provide more details. Another student also died, but no additional details were available.

Shaylee Bass, 15, a sophomore at the school, said Fryberg had recently gotten into a fight with another boy over a girl.

"He was very upset about that," said Bass, who was stunned by the shooting.

"He was not a violent person," she said. "His family is known all around town. He was very well-known. That's what makes it so bizarre."

Three of the victims had head wounds and were in critical condition. Two young women were taken to Providence Everett Medical Center, and a boy, 15, was at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, hospital officials said.

A fourth victim, who was in serious condition at Harborview, is a boy, 14, the hospital said.

Witnesses described the shooter as methodical inside the cafeteria. …

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