Jaylen Fryberg is seen during a homecoming celebration
at Marysville-Pilchuck High School in Marysville, Wash.,
on Oct. 17th, in this still frame made from video.
Fryberg has been identified as the gunman who walked
into his Seattle-area high school cafeteria on Friday
and opened fire without shouting or arguing, killing one
person and shooting several others in the head before
turning the gun on himself, officials and witnesses
Wash. - Jaylen Fryberg was well liked and athletic, a football
player named to his high school's homecoming court just one
He was also
facing problems, writing of some unspecified troubles on his
Twitter feed: "It breaks me... It actually does...."
Marysville-Pilchuck High School freshman opened fire in the
school's cafeteria late Friday morning, a government official
with direct knowledge of the shooting told The Associated
One girl was
killed and four other young people — including two of the
gunman's cousins — were badly wounded before Fryberg fatally
shot himself, witnesses, police and relatives said.
remained unclear. Some students described Fryberg as happy and
social, even though he had recently fought with a boy over a
a 15-year-old sophomore, said he remained upset about that,
but she was stunned by the shooting.
not a violent person," she said. "His family is
known all around town. He was very well known. That's what
makes it so bizarre."
the gunman stared at his victims as he fired. The shootings
set off a chaotic scene as students ran from the cafeteria and
building in a frantic dash to safety, while others huddled
inside classrooms at the school 30 miles north of Seattle.
police declined to release the shooter's identity, with Chief
Rick Smith insisting he did not want to "dramatize
someone who perpetuated a violent crime in a place where
children should feel safe."
students identified Fryberg as the gunman, and the identity
was confirmed to The Associated Press by a government official
who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not
authorized to speak to the media.
parents said Fryberg was a member of a prominent family from
the nearby Tulalip Indian tribes and was a freshman football
player. A week ago, he stood on the high school track during
the team's homecoming game in a vest, tie and white sash as he
was introduced as a prince, according to a video recorded by
parent Jim McGauhey.
Police Commander Robb Lamoureux said the gunman died of a
self-inflicted wound, but he could not provide more details.
Three of the
victims had head wounds and were in critical condition. Two
unidentified young women were at Providence Everett Medical
Center, and 15-year-old Andrew Fryberg was at Harborview
Medical Center in Seattle, a hospital official said.
victim, 14-year-old Nate Hatch, was listed in serious
condition at Harborview, the hospital said. Family members
told KIRO-TV that Andrew Fryberg and Hatch are cousins of
described the shooter as methodical inside the cafeteria.
MacKeige, 18, was having lunch with a friend when the suddenly
heard gunshots behind them.
six shots go off and I turned and saw people diving under the
tables," she told The Associated Press. "In my brain
I thought 'run!' So I left my backpack, my phone and my purse
and got out the door as fast as I could."
got hurt when they tripped and fell in the chaos, she said.
They ran across an open field to the fence that circles the
schoolyard and climbed over.
running until she felt safe and found a phone.
called my mom and she said, 'stay where you are - I don't want
to lose you,'" MacKeige said.
said his daughter, a freshman, was 10 feet from the gunman.
She ran from the cafeteria and immediately called her mother.
his daughter said, "The guy walked into the cafeteria,
pulled out a gun and started shooting. No arguing, no
A crowd of
parents later waited in a parking lot outside a nearby church
where they were reunited with their children.
after the shooting that his other daughter, a senior at the
school, was "hysterical" when she called him from
thought, 'God let my kids be safe,'" he said.
Twitter feed suggested he was struggling with an unidentified
a posting read: "It won't last ... It'll never
last." On Monday, another said: "I should have
listened. ... You were right ... The whole time you were
High School has a number of students from the Tulalip Indian
Ron Iukes, a
youth counselor with the tribe, said Jaylen Fryberg was from a
well-known tribal family.
real good people, very loving," he said. "Jaylen was
one of our good kids."
John McCoy, a tribal member, said the tribal community was
devastated. "We're all related in one shape or form. We
live and work and play together."
people prayed and sang songs at a church vigil Friday night
for victims and family members.
Harbor high school football team, which had been set to play
Marysville Friday night, lined the front row of Grove Church
in their purple jerseys. The game was canceled and Oak Harbor
offered to give the win to Marysville.
Baumgart told the overflow crowd there was no script for
reacting to Friday's events.
moment we're thinking, we can do this," Baumgart said.
"Another moment, we're thinking, how can we do