Suspect identified, details released in Freeman High School shooting

The student who shot and killed a fellow student and wounded three others at a small high school south of Spokane is scheduled to appear in court Thursday afternoon.

Authorities say Caleb Sharpe will appear in Spokane County juvenile court a day after the sophomore alleged brought a semi-automatic rifle and handgun to Freeman High School in Rockford and opened fire.

It was a “late start” day and students were heading to class before first period at around 10 a.m. when Sharpe first lifted an AR-15 rifle from a duffel bag, but it jammed.  He quickly moved to the handgun and used it to kill Sam Strahan, who may have tried to intervene.  Sharpe continued to fire, wounding three female students.

The school custodian, Joe Bowen, then tackled Sharpe and stripped him of his weapon.  Sharpe remained immobilized until law enforcement officers arrived at the school minutes later.

The three wounded students are listed in satisfactory condition at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center.

No motive has been offered for the shooting.

Classes at Freeman High School are canceled Thursday and Friday. (Spokesman-Review)



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