A high school outside of Seattle, Washington was locked-down Friday following reports of possible gunshots. Police are at Marysville-Pilchuck High School investigating a potential shooting after emergency calls were made late Friday morning local time.
According to preliminary, unconfirmed reports, as many as six people were shot at the school and the suspected gunman has died from suicide.
“The Marysville Pilchuck High School is currently in lock down due to an emergency situation,” the school said in a statement. “Police and emergency services have responded. The Marysville School District lock down procedures will remain in effect at Marysville Pilchuck until further notice from law enforcement. We will continue to forward communication in cooperation with law enforcement.”
An unnamed teacher reportedly told local television network KIRO 7 that people were locked down inside of the building following what the educator described as “chaos.”
“We are locked down…first the alarm went off any everyone thought it was a fire drill,” the teacher said, “then chaos”.
The Seattle Times wrote that phone calls concerning an alleged shooting were first made at 10:40 a.m.; an hour later, however, authorities had not yet released concrete details. Nevertheless, the Times wrote that two law enforcement sources confirmed to the paper that the suspected shooter was deceased from a “self-inflicted gunshot wound.”
Marysville-Pilchuck is a large school with roughly 2,500 students. The shooter was reportedly in the cafeteria. “The gunman in the lunchroom opened fire on several students” one mother reported her child saying to local station KOMO news.
Aerial footage showed students being evacuated, with some parents reporting knowledge that their children were safe.