LOS ANGELES, October 24, 2014 (AFP) – A US student who had issued chilling warnings on Twitter opened fire in a school cafeteria on Friday, killing at least one person and critically injuring three before taking his own life.
It has not been confirmed yet whether or not the victim was a student or a staff member.
The gunman, identified by media reports and fellow students as Jaylen Fryberg, launched his attack in a school in the northwestern state of Washington, as terrified classmates dived for cover.
Live TV pictures showed swarms of police and emergency workers descending on the Marysville-Pilchuck HighSchool in the western state of Washington.
The shooting occurred in the school cafeteria, according to multiple reports.
“I was eating… I heard four gunshots and it was behind me. I saw a gun pointed at a table… then I ran out of the exit,” one student in the cafeteria, named only as Alex, told KIRO TV news.
Television footage also showed schoolchildren coming out of the sprawling campus in Marysville, 35 miles (55 kilometers) north of Seattle.
The Marysville School District said on its website: “The Marysville-Pilchuck High School is currently in lockdown due to an emergency situation. Police and emergency services have responded.”
The Marysville Pilchuck football coach reported to KING-TV that although he isn’t currently at the school, he has kept in contact with his students via text message.
“I’m just making sure my kids are safe,” Coach Brandon Carson says. “I don’t know if any players are involved. I have checked in with a few, and I have talked with a handful of kids.
“They said there’s a shooter in the lunchroom, and that’s all I know.”
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