Seattle police responded to a shooting at Ingraham High School on Tuesday morning that left one person seriously injured.
A suspect has been arrested, police said.
Police received reports of gunshots shortly before 10 a.m. Officers entered the school and found a person with gunshot wounds and provided assistance until medics arrived, police said.
One person was taken to Harborview Medical Center with life-threatening injuries, police said.
“We in the city have joined a long list of cities this year that have had school shootings,” Seattle Police Chief Adrian Diaz said.
The campus is locked down, Seattle Public Schools said. Police secured the school, according to the department.
Student and family reunification began around 11:30 a.m. at 135th Street and Meridian Avenue North, Seattle police said. Students are released one class at a time into the auditorium, where families can sign them. Students 18 and older can go on their own as long as they check out, police said. The police and school district are developing a transportation plan for students who cannot be picked up from the assembly site.
Wednesday classes have been canceled at school, the district said in an online update.
Police have not shared any information about the victim or suspect.
Coastal schools were on “lockout” Tuesday morning out of an abundance of caution, the district said. The lockdown was lifted shortly after 11 a.m.
The police department works with the fire department and the school district.
By 11:00 a.m., officers were identifying people who knew what had happened or who had observed the incident. The police were trying to get others out of the building.
High school staff said more than 1,400 people were in the building on average.
Hundreds of parents stood outside Ingraham High School, arriving on a campus surrounded by police tape and swarming with police as they waited for students to slowly exit the building. It was quiet, and only a faint murmur came from the crowd.
Parents and guardians were on the phone calling worried family members. There were snacks and coffee, but tensions were high and some parents had been waiting two hours to be reunited with their children.
A parent said her daughter was giving her text updates while she was in her classroom waiting to be picked up. Another rushed out of work to fetch her cousin, who told her she was scared and hiding.
Students began being cleared from the building around 12:30 p.m. Tables were set up in alphabetical order at the front, and staff shouted one surname at a time.
“Thank you to the Seattle Police for being on the scene and helping to resolve this incident before the shooter had the chance to hurt more people. Our children should never go through this. We can and must do better because of them,” Governor Jay Inslee said in a tweet.
Madeleyne De Leon, a student at Ingraham High School, said she was on her way with two friends to a gym class when she received a call from another friend. “There were gunshots. Get away from school as fast as you can,” he said before hanging up.
De Leon, 14, and his friends ran from school to the parking lot of Sprouts grocery store, where they waited for their parents to pick them up.
The shooting happened in the time passing before the second period, she said.
“I’m really scared, but I’m glad most people are fine. I’m fine and with my family right now,” she said. “It’s a lot to process.”
Matteo Griffin said his wife, Heather, is a consultant teacher for the district and mentors new teachers. He has been speaking with her for a few moments after the lockdown was announced. She was holding a one-on-one meeting, with no students around, when the shooting happened. While his wife has to stay on campus during the lockdown, he volunteers in the auditorium to help students connect with their parents. “There will come a time tonight when she has to process this, and then there will be a lot of tears.”
About 15 minutes after learning there had been a shooting at the high school where her two sons were in class, Leanna Sparks received a text from her 14-year-old son saying he had heard gunshots.
“It’s like my worst nightmare coming true,” she said. While her sons waited in their classrooms for the police to visit each room, her sons were “afraid [and] worried about who was injured,” she said. “They want out, they don’t want to go back to school…until we figure out what’s going on.”
Sparks, who has lived in the neighborhood for 12 years, now plans to homeschool her two children. She had already prepared them what to do if they heard gunshots. Hide, she told them, and don’t be a hero.
Fred Jala, whose child is in second grade at Ingraham, said he was feeling a lot of emotions: “fear for my student’s safety, sadness for the victim, sadness for the students to be so close to the violence, anger against gun culture and its enablers”.
Bernard Richard Hall was also among the parents looking for answers on Tuesday morning.
When Hall’s 15-year-old son left for school this morning, he forgot his phone at home. Two hours after police responded to the shots fired at the high school, Hall had yet to hear from her son, a sophomore.
Hall and her son recently moved from Pullman to Seattle. He learned of the shooting through an email from the school district. Wanting more information, he got in his car and drove. As he stood in the parking lot awaiting an update, as the school remained closed and most students remained indoors, Hall covered his face with a tissue and wiped away tears. of his eyes.
“You hear about it in the news all the time,” Hall said. “Maybe it’s cliché but it’s different when it happens to you.”
Ingraham High School, where Governor Jay Inslee graduated in 1969, enrolled 1,462 students last year and achieved a 90% graduation rate, according to state data. The North Seattle School also offers the rigorous International Baccalaureate program, one of 13 such programs in Washington State. According to a spring school climate survey, about 83% of students responded favorably to questions about relationships and belonging, but only 62% responded favorably to questions about behavior and safety.
Seattle Times reporter Jeanie Lindsay contributed to this report.
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