FREEMAN HIGH SCHOOL SHOOTING: 1 dead, 3 injured; Suspect in cust - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

FREEMAN HIGH SCHOOL SHOOTING: 1 dead, 3 injured; Suspect in custody

Posted: Updated:
SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. -

Authorities have confirmed one person is dead and three more have been injured after the shooting at Freeman High School. The suspect is in custody.

Sheriff Knezovich said in a press conference the shooter, a sophomore identified by witnesses as Caleb Sharpe, pulled out a gun during school and it jammed. Knezovich says Sharpe grabbed another gun and was confronted by a student, identified by our partners at the Spokesman Review as Sam Strahan. Knezovich says Strahan was shot and killed. 

“I was putting my backpack away and I heard a loud pop, and I turned around. He was walking around,” said Elisa Vigil, a 14-year-old freshman told The Spokesman Review. “He had his pistol. His face was completely passive. He shot someone in the head. I crouched down in the hall. I looked up and a girl screamed, ‘Help me, help me, help me.’ The hall was empty. She was shot in the back. I looked to my right, and there was a boy and he was shot in the head.”

The shooting killed Strahan, and sent three girls to the emergency room at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center. They are Emma Neese, Jordan Goldsmith and Gracie Jensen, according to The Spokesman Review. Sacred Heart confirms they are all "doing well." 

Knezovich says it was the heroic action of a custodian who approached Sharpe and "ordered him to surrender." A School Resource Officer who was nearby at the middle school then arrived and took Sharpe into custody. 

Witnesses said Sharpe rode a bus to school Wednesday with the guns stashed in a duffel bag.

Sources have told KHQ's Hayley Guenthner a hearing will be held on Thursday to request Sharpe be declined as juvenile and tried as an adult.

MOBILE USERS CLICK HERE FOR SLIDESHOW

Freeman High School serves more than 300 students in the small community of Rockford. First responders from several neighboring jurisdictions responded to the shooting. Officials were urging motorists not to use Highway 27 so that ambulances and other vehicles could get through.

Witnesses are still being interviewed. 

"The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office would like express our most sincere condolences to the families involved in this tragic event and to thank the entire Freeman community for their patience today during this incident," Deputy Mark Gregory said in a press release on Wednesday. 

U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers tweeted, “Awful — just hearing of the shooting at Freeman HS near Spokane. As we continue to get more details my heart goes out to all impacted.”

And Gov. Jay Inslee’s office issued a statement shortly after noon: “All Washingtonians are thinking of the victims and their families, and are grateful for the service of school staff and first responders working to keep our students safe. As Spokane County officials continue their investigation to get the answers to the questions so many of us have during these unthinkable tragedies, the Washington State Patrol and all state agencies will do whatever we can to help provide support and comfort in the days and weeks to come.”

Vigils are scheduled for Wednesday night at the following places:

  • Prayer Vigil at St. John's Cathedral
  • 7pm - Tonight

  • Valley Real Life
  • 6:30-8pm - Tonight
  • 6pm-6:30 - Tomorrow (Thursday, Sept. 14th)

  • Fairfield Community Church
  • 206 W. Hamilton, Fairfield, WA
  • 7pm - Tonight

  • River Park Square
  • 7pm

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Health advisory issued for Fernan Lake

    Health advisory issued for Fernan Lake

    Wednesday, July 18 2018 7:25 PM EDT2018-07-18 23:25:34 GMT
    Panhandle Health DistrictPanhandle Health District

    KOOTENAI COUNTY, Idaho - Panhandle Health District (PHD) and the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) have issued a health advisory for Fernan Lake. PHD is urging the public to use caution when recreating in or near the water. Water quality monitoring confirmed the presence of cyanobacteria, commonly known as blue-green algae. Blue-green algal blooms have the potential to produce dangerous toxins in areas of the lake. 

    >>

    KOOTENAI COUNTY, Idaho - Panhandle Health District (PHD) and the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) have issued a health advisory for Fernan Lake. PHD is urging the public to use caution when recreating in or near the water. Water quality monitoring confirmed the presence of cyanobacteria, commonly known as blue-green algae. Blue-green algal blooms have the potential to produce dangerous toxins in areas of the lake. 

    >>
  • Dog missing after fatal Spokane Valley crash has been found

    Dog missing after fatal Spokane Valley crash has been found

    Thursday, July 19 2018 1:19 PM EDT2018-07-19 17:19:32 GMT

    SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - UPDATE: Pamela called KHQ this morning to let us know her beloved dog Pearl has been found after our story aired Wednesday night. She tells us she's going to pick Pearl up from SCRAPS Thursday.

    >>

    SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - UPDATE: Pamela called KHQ this morning to let us know her beloved dog Pearl has been found after our story aired Wednesday night. She tells us she's going to pick Pearl up from SCRAPS Thursday.

    >>
  • Spokane man facing involuntary manslaughter charges

    Spokane man facing involuntary manslaughter charges

    Wednesday, July 18 2018 10:52 PM EDT2018-07-19 02:52:50 GMT

    COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - A judge has picked the jury for the trial of a man charged in the deaths of three people who died in a 2016 boat crash on Lake Coeur d'Alene, but the start has been delayed. Wednesday, both the prosecutors and the defense were hoping to begin opening arguments, but they are still tied up in motions that have delayed the start. The jury was selected in the case for Dennis Magner, but they were asked to leave while both sides continue their motions. 

    >>

    COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - A judge has picked the jury for the trial of a man charged in the deaths of three people who died in a 2016 boat crash on Lake Coeur d'Alene, but the start has been delayed. Wednesday, both the prosecutors and the defense were hoping to begin opening arguments, but they are still tied up in motions that have delayed the start. The jury was selected in the case for Dennis Magner, but they were asked to leave while both sides continue their motions. 

    >>
HD DOPPLER 6i
/
  • Top Stories from KHQHomeMore>>

  • Crews respond to brush fire on I-90 near Kittitas

    Crews respond to brush fire on I-90 near Kittitas

    Thursday, July 19 2018 7:18 PM EDT2018-07-19 23:18:59 GMT

    KITTITAS COUNTY, Wash. - Eastbound traffic on Interstate-90 is blocked as crews respond to a fast-moving brush fire near Kittitas. The fire is located seven miles east of Kittitas in the median and right shoulder at Mile Post 122. An alternate route is available for eastbound travelers at exit 115. An estimated time for reopening is not available at this time. Washington State DNR is sending engines, three airplanes and two choppers to the fire. 

    >>

    KITTITAS COUNTY, Wash. - Eastbound traffic on Interstate-90 is blocked as crews respond to a fast-moving brush fire near Kittitas. The fire is located seven miles east of Kittitas in the median and right shoulder at Mile Post 122. An alternate route is available for eastbound travelers at exit 115. An estimated time for reopening is not available at this time. Washington State DNR is sending engines, three airplanes and two choppers to the fire. 

    >>
  • Canada threatens to retaliate if Trump imposes auto tariffs

    Canada threatens to retaliate if Trump imposes auto tariffs

    Thursday, July 19 2018 7:02 PM EDT2018-07-19 23:02:41 GMT

    OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) - Canada's government is warning the Trump administration that it will hit back if the U.S. imposes tariffs on imports of Canadian automotive products.    Kirsten Hillman is Canada's deputy ambassador to the U.S. and she says Canada will be "forced to respond in a proportional manner" if the U.S. imposes auto levies.   

    >>

    OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) - Canada's government is warning the Trump administration that it will hit back if the U.S. imposes tariffs on imports of Canadian automotive products.    Kirsten Hillman is Canada's deputy ambassador to the U.S. and she says Canada will be "forced to respond in a proportional manner" if the U.S. imposes auto levies.   

    >>
  • US may pick Western headquarters for land agency in 8 months

    US may pick Western headquarters for land agency in 8 months

    Thursday, July 19 2018 6:44 PM EDT2018-07-19 22:44:23 GMT
    Bureau of Land ManagementBureau of Land Management

    DENVER (AP) - The Trump administration says it may pick a new Western headquarters for the nation's largest land management agency in the next six to eight months. Susan Combs, a senior adviser to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, told a Senate committee Thursday that Zinke is committed to moving the Bureau of Land Management headquarters from Washington to the West. The bureau is part of Zinke's department. Combs offered no hints about where the new headquarters will be. 

    >>

    DENVER (AP) - The Trump administration says it may pick a new Western headquarters for the nation's largest land management agency in the next six to eight months. Susan Combs, a senior adviser to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, told a Senate committee Thursday that Zinke is committed to moving the Bureau of Land Management headquarters from Washington to the West. The bureau is part of Zinke's department. Combs offered no hints about where the new headquarters will be. 

    >>