Videos show suspect in school shooting playing with guns

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Videos show suspect in school shooting playing with guns
Videos show suspect in school shooting playing with guns

ROCKFORD, Wash. (AP) – The student accused of shooting a classmate to death at a Washington state high school and wounding three others had posted videos online showing him playing with guns, including one where he pretends to hunt for a drug dealer.

Classmates at Freeman High School in the tiny town of Rockford, south of Spokane, knew about the videos. Junior Paul Fricke told The Spokesman-Review newspaper (http://bit.ly/2wazhtH ) that “we knew he had an assault rifle, because he uses it in his YouTube videos.”

In one, the suspect and a friend display several guns, including what appear to be airsoft weapons and one actual rifle, and act out a scenario where they search for an imaginary neighborhood drug dealer.

Another student described the suspect as obsessed with previous school shootings.

He was set to make his first appearance in juvenile court in Spokane on Thursday, a day after authorities say he opened fire in a hallway, killing one student and wounding three others before a custodian stopped him.

Witnesses described a panicked scene when shots rang out Wednesday, with bullets hitting the ceiling and students screaming and running down the hallway.

Armed with a pistol and rifle, classmates say the shooter’s face “was passive” when he tried to fire a weapon. It jammed, and another boy confronted him.

“He went to his next weapon,” Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich said. “A student walked up to him, engaged him, and that student was shot. That student did not survive.”

A custodian stopped the shooter, a heroic act the sheriff said prevented more bloodshed. The wounded victims were expected to survive.

Authorities didn’t release the suspect’s identity or a possible motive. The victims also were not named.

Besides the videos showing guns, the suspect had brought notes earlier in the school year, saying he was going to do “something stupid” and might get killed or jailed, according to classmate Michael Harper.

Some students alerted counselors, the 15-year-old sophomore told The Associated Press, but it wasn’t clear what school officials did in response. Calls to the school were not returned.

Harper said the shooter had many friends, calling him “nice and funny and weird” and a huge fan of the TV show “Breaking Bad.” He also said the suspect focused on other school shootings.

“He watched a lot of school shooting documentaries,” Harper said.

Luis Prito, an assistant football coach at Freeman High, called the shooting devastating.

“This is a real close-knit community,” he said of the town of about 500 people near the Idaho border.

Classes are canceled at Freeman High School the rest of the week.

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Associated Press writers Rebecca Boone in Boise, Idaho contributed to this story.

Parents gather in the parking lot behind Freeman High School in Rockford, Wash. to wait for their kids, after a deadly shooting at the high school Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017. (Dan Pelle/The Spokesman-Review via AP)
Cars and emergency vehicles are seen in front of Freeman High School in Rockford, Wash., Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017. Authorities say a shooter opened fire at the school. A suspect was apprehended. (AP Photo/Nicholas K. Geranios)
People gather outside of Freeman High School after reports of a shooting at the school in Rockford, Wash., Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017. (KHQ via AP)
Michael Harper, 15, a sophomore at Freeman High School, speaks to reporters Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017, in Rockfort, Wash. Authorities say a shooter opened fire at the school, killing one and wounding three. The suspect was in custody. (AP Photos/Nicholas K. Geranios)
Ambulances line up in the emergency area of Sacred Heart Hospital following reports of a shooting at Freeman High School on Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017 in Rockford, Wash. A shooter opened fire at a the high school, south of Spokane, killing one student, injuring three others. The injured victims were taken to a hospital and expected to survive. Authorities say the suspect was in custody. (Kathy Plonka/The Spokesman-Review via AP)
People hurry toward Freeman High School in Rockford, Wash., Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017. Parents rushed to the area after a deadly shooting at the school. (AP Photo/Nicholas K. Geranios)
The sign for Freeman High School in Rockford, Wash., is seen outside the campus Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017. Authorities say one student was killed and three others were injured in a shooting at the school. A suspect was taken into custody. (AP Photo/Nicholas K. Geranios).
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