Freshman Jaylen Fryberg walked into the cafeteria at
Marysville-Pilchuck High School on Friday and opened fire at the
table where two of his cousins and three close friends were
gathered, police, family members and witnesses said.
"A witness confirms that the five victims were seated at the table
when the shooter opened fire, striking the victims before turning
the gun on himself," the Snohomish County Sheriff's Office said.
Sheriff Ty Trenary told a news conference the shooter arranged the
meeting by text message.
A first-year female teacher tried to intervene in the attack at the
school, the latest in a string of such incidents at U.S. schools
that have renewed a national debate about student safety and gun
The teacher did not touch the gunman during the incident, the
sheriff's office said. Classes at the school north of Seattle were
canceled on Monday.
The sheriff's office also said the .40 caliber Berretta the shooter
used was purchased legally by a family member, though it is unclear
how Fryberg, a popular 15-year-old football player, obtained the
Medical examiners formally identified the first fatality on Monday
as Zoe Galasso. She was shot in the head.
Another victim, Gia Soriano, died on Sunday. Her family said in a
statement they were "devastated by this senseless tragedy."
Shaylee Chuckulnaskit, 14, was in critical condition, officials
said, as was Andrew Fryberg, 15, a cousin of the shooter. The
condition of another cousin of Fryberg, 14-year-old Nate Hatch, was
upgraded to satisfactory on Monday.
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The shooter's motive remained under investigation, and Fryberg's
family, prominent members of the Tulalip Indian Reservation, said
there was no apparent rift between the cousins.
Police in Washington state responded to two other schools over
violence concerns on Monday.
In Seattle, a student at a high school that shares a building with
the city's Children's Museum was arrested for bringing a firebomb to
campus. To the south in Auburn, a community college was in lockdown
after a shooting threat, police said.
(Editing by Richard Chang, Eric Walsh and Mohammad Zargham)
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