One killed, four injuried in Washington State school shooting

Updated 2017-09-14 10:31:41 Xinhua

One student was killed and four others were injured on Wednesday in a shooting at a high school near Spokane in the western U.S. State of Washington.

The shooting happened Wednesday morning at Freeman High School south of Spokane, and the sole suspect was detained, Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich was quoted as saying by the Spokesman-Review, a daily broadsheet newspaper based in Spokane county.

"The shooter is in the back seat of a patrol car right now," Knezovich said at the scene, where students, parents and teachers had been corralled into school buildings after the shots rang out shortly after 10 a.m. local time, according to the Spokesman-Review.

Governor of Washington State Jay Inslee expressed his condolences via social media.

"This morning's shooting at Freeman High School is heartbreaking. All Washingtonians are thinking of the victims and their families," he wrote on Twitter.

"We're grateful for the service of school staff and first responders working to keep our students safe," he added.

The identity and motive of the suspect were still not clear.

Freeman High School is located in a rural community of Rockford in Spokane County. It has more than 20 staff and 300 students.

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