The shots rang out shortly after 10 a.m.
Knezovich did not identify the gunman or the fearless student who tried to engage the shooter when his first gun jammed. "The shooter is in the back seat of a patrol vehicle right now", Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich said at a press briefing.
"He attempted to fire one weapon, it jammed". Kids and teachers huddled in locked-down classrooms, while parents rushed to school in an agonizing wait for news. He was stopped by a member of the school's faculty.
Authorities didn't immediately release the ages of the victims.
The Providence Sacred Heart hospital reported taking in three people in their "mid-teens" from the shooting. "We train for this regularly".
Although it appeared that the shooter was acting alone, all public schools in Spokane, as well as the Central Valley School District and Mead District were placed on lock down as the shooter was take into custody. "I came home and there was nothing that could stop the emotions", said Freeman High School junior Dylan Oja. "At least four shots", read the caption on the shocking image.
The high school serves about 300 students in Rockford, which is about 26 miles southeast of Spokane, about five miles from the Idaho border.
"They just sounded like popping", the student said.
Describing the carnage, a witness was quoted in the media as saying, "I was putting my backpack away and I heard a loud pop, and I turned around".
One Freeman High School student is being remembered as a hero in his tight-knit community.
"He said that he was going to do something stupid that might get him killed or in jail".
We haven't been able to confirm with the school whether or not they were aware of these notes. School officials could not be reached for comment by PEOPLE.
Elisa Vigil, 14, told Spokesman-Review reporter Jonathan Glover that the shooting unfolded in the freshman hallway on the second floor of the high school.
"You know everyone here". "It's a small school so one person gets hurt and it affects everyone".
Governor Jay Inslee called the shooting heartbreaking.