Reports from the scene indicate that the shooter in today’s shooting near Seattle — high school freshman Jaylen Fryberg — walked up to his friends during lunch and began shooting them in the back using a “small handgun.” Describing the incident, the witness stated that “it wasn’t just random” — the shooter knew his victims. Contrary to the typical narrative, Jaylen had been crowned freshman homecoming king on the 17th and was a popular student. In the aftermath . . .
Two people are dead, including the shooter himself. Initial reports indicate that, once again, the final shot was self-inflicted. There were a total of five victims, one dead and four who were transferred to nearby hospitals and remain in critical condition.
Eyewitnesses say that the shooter was using a “small” handgun, and had difficulty reloading the firearm — possibly indicating a jam. After reloading the gun they continued shooting.
From CNN, more information about the attacker:
Fryberg’s multiple social media accounts depict him frequently hunting, and using rifles. His social media accounts say he was a Native American and a member of the Tulalip tribe.
According to a Twitter account bearing the same name and description as the perpetrator, it looks like he recently was dumped by his girlfriend and descended into depression, tweeting things like “It breaks me… It actually does… I know it seems like I’m sweating it off… But I’m not.. And I never will be able to…” and “Your gonna piss me off… And then some shits gonna go down and I don’t think you’ll like it…”
It looks like the situation has stabilized at this point. It’s possible that the condition of one or more of the victims could change, but the incident is over and there are no more victims being reported. We will continue to keep you updated with the latest information as it becomes available, but unless something groundbreaking happens in this story this should be the last update for today.