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Shooting at a high school in Washington state near Spokane

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Posted at 2:42 PM, Sep 13, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-14 08:20:26-04

One student was killed and three others injured in a school shooting near Spokane, Washington on Wednesday.  The student accused of opening fire is now in custody but has not been identified. 

It happened at Freeman High School in the small town of Rockford. 

Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich says the student came to school armed with two guns, one of which jammed when he tried to fire it.  Police say when another student tried to stop him, the gunman opened fire killing the student, before shooting three more students.  All three were taken to the hospital with what police described as serious injuries, but they are expected to survive. 

It was at this point authorities say a school custodian approached the alleged gunman and ordered him to surrender.  A school resource officer also arrived shortly after and took the student into custody.  Police described the custodian's work to stop the shooting as a courageous act. 

While the accused shooter has not been identified a student tells the Associated Press he is a fellow classmate.  

The student told the AP the suspect had been obsessed with past school shootings.  He described the accused gunman as "nice and funny and weird," and says the classmate had brought notes to school at the beginning of the year saying he might get killed or jailed.