(MARYSVILLE, Wash.) — A suspected shooter and a second person are dead after gunfire erupted in the cafeteria at Marysville-Pilchuck High School in Washington state, police said.
Police said the shooting suspect was a student at the school, but would confirm if the other deceased person was a staff member or a student at the school.
In addition, at least two other people were in critical condition at a local hospital, a hospital official said. Another young person with less severe injuries was transported to a different hospital.
“It’s our worst nightmare,” said Dr. Joanne Roberts of Providence Regional Medical Center. “This is something that we don’t want to happen, but we were prepared for it today.”
Roberts said four people were transported to the hospital and three were in critical condition with head wounds. It was not clear if one of the three was the second fatality police later disclosed.
Police cleared the school’s multiple buildings to ensure that the situation was stable and to look for injured students, Lamoureaux said.
Lamoureaux did not give the gender or other personal information about the shooting suspect. He confirmed that the shooting originated in the cafeteria, but did not know where the deceased were located. Lamoureaux also did not clarify how the shooter died, whether it was a self-inflicted gunshot wound or if it was fired by someone else.
Police first heard reports of a shooting when someone on campus called 911 at around 10:40 a.m., Lamoureaux said.
The Marysville Police Department said the FBI also was involved in the investigation at the school, which is about 40 miles north of Seattle.
President Obama has been briefed on the shooting incident.
Nathan Heckerdorf, a student at the school, told ABC News that he spoke to the suspected shooter before the first class of the day to see how the shooter was doing because the individual allegedly got into a fight over racial slurs.
The suspect claimed to be alright, and Heckerdorf thought the individual seemed normal.
Heckerdorf spoke to ABC News by phone while he was waiting to be evacuated from a classroom that he ran into when he heard gunshots.
“We were told to get away from the windows,” Heckerdorf told ABC News of what he and about 25 other students were doing inside the classroom.
He said the school splits lunch into two periods and the people in the cafeteria at the time of the first shooting would have been there because they had the earlier lunch.
He was headed to the cafeteria but ran away when he heard the gunshots. He said that someone pulled the fire alarm immediately afterwards, causing everyone to scatter.
“Everybody’s still shaken up,” Heckerdorf said. “Some people are crying. But, as of now, it’s a pretty calm atmosphere.”
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