Government officials have identified the shooter who opened fire at Marysville-Pilchuck High School yesterday as Jalen Fryberg, a freshman who was well-liked and the school’s homecoming prince. After the mayhem, there were two people dead and four wounded with three of them in critical condition.
According to witnesses, Jaylen was upset about a romantic relationship that had gone bad. The shooting occurred at 10:45 am yesterday in the school’s cafeteria. Two freshmen standing just outside the door said they heard loud banging noises and then realized it was gunfire. Immediately, people were screaming and running.
According to another freshman who was on the same football team as the shooter said that Jaylen was in good spirits during Thursday’s practice but on Friday in fourth-period English class, he appeared to be really nervous. Although everyone described Jaylen as being a great kid, his Twitter and Facebook accounts revealed a dark and disturbed side to the 15-year-old.
On his Facebook page, Jaylen posted photos of a weapon’s arsenal and bragged about having access to guns. On Twitter, he posted a message one day prior to the shooting that read, “It won’t last…It’ll never last…” In another Twitter message Jaylen wrote, “I should have listened…you were right”.
Authorities are still trying to get answers but one thing that appears obvious is that Jaylen was targeting people he was close to including his own cousins. Of the four people shot, one was the girl with whom he had a romantic relationship, one was a friend of the shooters since Kindergarten, and the other two were his cousins.
In all, two girls and two boys were rushed to Providence Regional Medical Center. The girls both had gunshot wounds to the head and while out of surgery, they remain in critical condition. At this time, medical professionals are closely monitoring brain activity and according to Dr. Joanne Roberts, chief medical officer at Providence, no prognosis is available as of yet.
One of the boys was Jaylen’s 15-year old cousin who after surgery is listed in critical condition. The other boy, a long-time friend, was shot in the jaw and is now in serious condition. Both boys were transferred to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.
As far as the two people killed, one was a female student and the other Jaylen, who turned the gun on himself.
Diane Henry, behavioral health executive director advised that a crisis team will provide counseling services to anyone who needs their services. In a news conference, Police Commander Robb Lamoureux with the Marysville Police Department said the scene is still considered an active investigation. They strongly believe that Jaylen was the only shooter and that the people shot were not chosen at random but instead targets.
According to Ayn Dietrich-Williams, FBI spokesperson, agents are in Marysville to provide assistance to local law enforcement. Because of the horrific shooting, all classes at the high school have been cancelled through next week, while sports and school-related activities are on hold at least through this weekend.