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One student dead, others injured in a high school shooting near Spokane

Photo: Associated Press

ROCKFORD, Wash. (AP) -- A student is dead and others have been injured in a shooting at a high school south of Spokane.

Updates from the Spokane Fire Department confirmed one student died and three children were shot and injured when a gunman opened fire at Freeman High School in Rockford Wednesday morning.

The three injured were taken to Sacred Heart and are reportedly in stable condition.

[UPDATE 2:00 p.m.] Authorities said the shooting suspect is arrested but yet to be identified. A 15-year-old classmate, Michael Harper, told the Associated Press that the suspect had been obsessed with past school shootings.

Harper, a sophomore, said the suspect had brought notes to school in the beginning of the year, saying he might get killed or jailed. Harper says some students alerted counselors.

The teen said the suspect wasn't bullied, calling him "nice and funny and weird."

[UPDATE 11:15 a.m.] Multiple ambulances and a Lifeflight helicopter were dispatched to the high school, following reports of a shooting.

Annie Baxter, whose two daughters attend Freeman Middle School across the street from the high school, told The Spokesman-Review that children were running into buildings when she pulled up to the school area about 10:15 a.m.

She says classes were about to begin because it's a "late start" day.

All schools in the district were placed on lockdown as a precautionary measure. School safety procedures can be found on the Spokane Public Schools website.

The shooting suspect was taken into custody, according to The Spokesman-Review reports. Brian Schaeffer of the Spokane Fire Department said the threat "has been eliminated" as of 11:35 a.m. at Freeman High School.

[11:03 a.m.] The Spokesman-Review reports that first responders were at Freeman High School in Rockford Wednesday morning.

Spokane Public Schools said on Twitter that all schools in the district are "being placed into modified lockdown as a precautionary measure."

This is a developing story. Further information will be provided as available.

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