MARYSVILLE Wash. - A student fatally shot one classmate and wounded four others when he opened fire in the cafeteria of his Washington state high school on Friday, following a fight with fellow students, authorities said.
The shooter took his own life as Marysville-Pilchuck High School students scrambled to safety in the latest outburst of deadly violence at an American school.
A school district official, who declined to be named because the shooter was not officially identified yet, said he was Jaylen Fryberg, a Native American student at the school. The official said the shooting followed a fight at the school.
There was little on Fryberg's social media accounts to offer any insight into the shooting, although in February he posted a message on Facebook saying: "If you ask me, hunting is the BEST sport there is."
Witnesses described the assailant as a well-liked freshman and member of the school's wrestling and football teams.
All of the victims of the shooting were young people, and three of the wounded were in critical condition with gunshot wounds to the head, said Joanne Roberts, chief of medicine at Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett.
The fourth wounded victim suffered less serious injuries in the gunfire and had been transferred to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. A spokeswoman for that hospital said he was in serious condition.
Two of the wounded were boys and two girls, hospital officials said.
"At this point, we are confirming that there are two deceased," Marysville Police Commander Robb Lamoureux told reporters in the town, about 30 miles (50 km) north of Seattle.
The violence at Marysville-Pilchuck High School marked the latest in a series of deadly rampages at American schools that have played a central role in a national debate over gun laws.