If you’ve experienced slow or difficult access to this site today, here’s why: News of a school shooting at Freeman High School, south of Spokane, that killed one student and injured three others has prompted high levels of traffic on the S-R website, at times overloading it. You can see our full story here. The lone suspect in the shooting was detained by police. “The shooter is in the back seat of a patrol car right now,” Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich said at the scene, where students, parents and teachers had been corralled into school buildings after the shots rang out around 10 a.m. Pacific time.
Three young victims were immediately transported to Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center. At about noon Pacific time, hospital officials said they had three pediatric patients from the shooting, all in satisfactory condition. The high school serves about 300 students in Rockford, which is about 26 miles southeast of Spokane, about five miles from the Idaho border.
Gov. Jay Inslee’s office issued a statement shortly after noon today, saying, “All Washingtonians are thinking of the victims and their families, and are grateful for the service of school staff and first responders working to keep our students safe. As Spokane County officials continue their investigation to get the answers to the questions so many of us have during these unthinkable tragedies, the Washington State Patrol and all state agencies will do whatever we can to help provide support and comfort in the days and weeks to come.”