The suspect is in custody, the Spokane Spokesman-Review reports. The paper said six people were shot, but did not provide any details.
At Freeman elementary currently. I am a junior, evacuated from the high school. At least 4 shots. pic.twitter.com/RnGbbbahbK— Christina✌🏽️ (@TheChristinaXX) September 13, 2017
Motorists have been told to avoid using Highway 27, so ambulances and police could get through, KHQ-TV reported.
Heavy traffic on HWY 27 due to reported shooting at Freeman High School. Emergency vehicles still arriving on scene. pic.twitter.com/CwV1fdnfbG— Danamarie McNicholl (@KREMDanamarie) September 13, 2017
Area schools have been put on preventive lockdown.
Due to a reported shooting near Freeman High School, all southside SPS schools are currently in lockdown. Updates as information allows.— Spokane Schools (@spokaneschools) September 13, 2017
Annie Baxter, whose two daughters attend the middle school across the street, told the Spokesman-Review that she heard an alarm sound and saw children running into the school around 10:15 am local time.
The school just had a lockdown drill on Tuesday, Baxter said, so she “thought it was weird because they wouldn’t do (a drill) two days in a row.”
She was told at least one person was shot but is expected to survive.
#BREAKING: Spokane Fire Chief says there was a shooter inside Freeman High School around 10:30 a.m. "Threat has been eliminated."— Jen York (@KREMjen) September 13, 2017