Jaylen Fryberg, recent Homecoming prince in the freshman class at his high school walked int the cafeteria on Friday and started to open fire. Several people were wounded and one was killed. After the shooting took place, it seems that the gunman killed himself according to both witnesses and officials.
According to students, the gunman was staring the victims as shots were fired. As expected, the scene quickly turned chaotic with students running away from the cafeteria and others being told that they need to stay inside classrooms.
The shooter was identified as Jaylen Fryberg. Parents and students said that he was a member of a well-known family, a player in the high school football team and lived in the nearby Tulalip Indian tribe ground.
According to Robb Lamoureux, Marysville Police Commander, the gunman killed himself but no extra details were released.
A sophomore at the high school declared that Fryberg was recently involved in a fight because of a girl. Shaylee Bass, 15, declared:
“He was very upset about that. He was not a violent person. His family is known all around town. He was very well known. That’s what makes it so bizarre.”
3 of the shooting victims were in critical condition at the time of this reporting, with head wounds.
Eye witnesses said that the shooter was methodical while inside the cafeteria. There was no reported yelling or arguing.
Most of the students did describe Fryberg as being a popular, happy student. However, the social media accounts he had suggested otherwise. A Tweet that appears on his account stated: “It won’t last… It’ll never last.” Another Tweet said: “I should have listened… You were right… The whole time you were right.”
According to youth counselor with the tribe that Fryberg was a part of, Ron Iukes, speaking about the tribal family:
“They’re real good people, very loving, a big part of the community. Jaylen was one of our good kids. It’s just a shock this happened. I’ve known this boy since he was a baby. It’s just devastating.”