SEATTLE (Reuters) – A Washington state high school student who fatally shot two 14-year-old girls and wounded three more classmates last week before taking his own life had sent text messages to the victims to meet at lunch before the shooting, an official said on Monday.
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 control.
Written by Victoria Cavaliere and Eric M. Johnson
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