‘We heard seven super loud bangs… everyone was screaming’: Seattle high school students reveal terror in class when gunman burst in and shot one dead – as shooter is caught at nearby bus stop
- Students inside the Ingraham High School in Seattle described scenes of terror after a student opened fire on another Tuesday morning
- The victim died after being transported to a nearby hospital with life-threatening injuries
- One suspect is currently in custody and was found an hour after police were called when officers searched the area
- The identities of the shooter and victim remain unknown
- The motivation for the shooting is also unknown, but police said they believe it was targeted
- ‘I couldn’t stop crying, my heart just sank,’ said a parent who saw the victim being treated
Students inside the Seattle high school where one student was shot and killed Tuesday morning described a terrifying and chaotic scene.
Ingraham High School students described hearing ‘seven super loud bangs,’ hiding in dark closets as they heard ‘everyone screaming,’ and frantically texting their parents when the school was plunged into lockdown as authorities hunted for the gunman.
One student was killed in the shooting, which authorities suspect was a targeted attack, rather than a random act of violence.
A male suspect was apprehended onboard a bus near the school about an hour after the shooting. Police said they found a gun in his backpack.
The school remained in lockdown for nearly two hours as desperate parents waited outside to be reunited with their children.
Police have not shared any information about the suspect, but the victim was confirmed to be a student and reports suggest he was a male. Both of their identities remain unknown.
The victim was initially taken to a nearby hospital with life-threatening injuries, but later succumbed to them.
The school shooting suspect is seen being arrested at a bus stop near the school
Parents console each other while waiting outside the Ingraham High School in Seattle after the shooting on Tuesday
Parents wait outside the Ingraham High School in Seattle during the lockdown on Tuesday morning
Student Zack McCarthy told KOMO News that he was playing Ode to Joy on the piano in his music class when he heard shots break out.
‘We hear, like, seven super loud bangs, and at first we think it’s like the locker, right? Because no one thinks the school’s going to get shot up. Then the teacher runs over and she’s like, nah we gotta close the door, so then everyone starts freaking out.’
‘We heard screaming, and people were screaming that there was a gun and stuff, it was super scary.’
Grant Pinney said he was in the hallway when the shooting broke out and then ran into the nearest classroom.
‘I ran into a random class, we all just ran into the band room, cut the lights, and closed the doors, and then just hid basically. And then we ran into a closet, and it was just pitch black in there, no one said a word. It was pretty surreal.’
Tomas Barr also described hearing a series of loud bangs before his teacher locked the door, turned off the lights and helped students hide during the lockdown.
‘I was really scared at the start because I didn’t know what was happening, and it was really close,’ he said. ‘Some people were crying, but everyone was basically texting their parents and telling them what was happening.’
Police gather near the scene of a a Seattle high school where one victim was shot and has life-threatening injuries, but police have arrested one suspect
Students were released and met by parents who cheered at a reunification site nearby
The victim was taken by ambulance to Harborview Medical Center
The male suspect found an hour after police were called when officers searched the area, said Seattle Police Chief Adrian Diaz.
Witnesses said the suspect was arrested at a bus stop nearby as dozens of heavily-armed officers swarmed the area. He did not resist the arrest.
After school was secured students were released and met by parents who cheered at a nearby reunification site.
The victim was taken by ambulance to Harborview Medical Center, and police are asking for residents to avoid the area.
Masses of parents gathered at the reunification site and eagerly awaited for students to be released from the school
One parent who saw the victim being treated told KIRO7 they were ‘very sad for what happened.’
‘I couldn’t stop crying, my heart just sank,’ said the parent. ‘I don’t know why we live in a society like this.’
Another parent of a freshman student said his son texted him they were on lockdown. He added there is a rumor the shooter has been taken from the property.