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1 student dead, 3 injured in school shooting near Spokane

One student is dead and three others are injured after a school shooting near Spokane, Washington, police said.

The shooter — also a student — has been apprehended and is in custody at the Spokane County juvenile jail, police said. The wounded were transported to a local hospital and are expected to survive, authorities said.

The shooting happened in the hallway of the second floor of Freeman High School, south of Spokane, police said. Freeman Middle School and Freeman Elementary school, both located in Spokane County, had also been placed on lockdown, the sheriff’s office wrote on Twitter.

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Students wait on lockdown inside Freeman Elementary School in Washington State?s Spokane County after a shooting at the nearby Freeman High School.

The suspect brought multiple weapons to campus, Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovick said in a press conference Wednesday afternoon. After attempting to fire one weapon that jammed, he moved on to the next one, Knezovick said.

The student who was killed in the shooting engaged with the suspect, Knezovick said, speculating that the deceased victim had tried to talk the suspect out of it.

School has been canceled for Thursday, Knezovick said.

Several deputies and officers responded to the scene and conducted a room-by-room search, police said. About 100 interviews have been conducted so far in the investigation, Knezovick said.

“We understand parents are extremely concerned” police initially tweeted. “We will provide info ASAP, please avoid area.”

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Parents gather in the parking lot behind Freeman High School in Rockford, Wash. to wait for their children, after a deadly shooting at the school on Sept. 13, 2017.

Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center and Children’s Hospital is treating three teenagers, Dr. Mike Moore, the hospital’s chief of surgery, said in a press conference Wednesday afternoon.

The students are “doing well,” but one of the patients will…

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