Have you heard about our GIANT TV GIVEAWAY?! Now until October 31st, enter to win a 51" Samsung HDMI TV at Krystal Chrysler Jeep Dodge Inc. in Warrensburg!
No purchase necessary. 1st place wins 51" Samsung HDMI POP tv, 2nd place wins over $200 in Giants memorabilia!
(MARYSVILLE, Wash.) -- A high school student in Washington state opened fire in a cafeteria at lunchtime, leaving one person dead and at least four injured before killing himself with a self-inflicted gunshot wound, police said.
Eyewitnesses and law enforcement sources identified the shooter as Jaylen Fryberg, a freshman at Marysville Pilchuck High School. Marysville police administrative commander Robb Lamoureaux earlier declined to identify the suspect, but said he was a male student at the school.
A video on YouTube showed Fryberg as his school's homecoming prince.
Lamoureaux said the deceased victim was a female, but he did not say whether she was a student or staff member.
Two young men and two young women were transported to Providence Regional Medical Center, three with critical head wounds that required surgery, a hospital official said. The fourth, a young man with less severe injuries, was transported to a different hospital.
One of the young women remained in surgery hours after the shooting, while the other two critical cases -- one young woman and one 15-year-old male -- were both out of surgery but still "very critically ill," said Dr. Joanne Roberts, the hospital's chief medical officer.
Because of the extent of the injuries, it has been difficult for Providence Regional officials to identify the two young women in surgery. Officials have been meeting with relatives and asking about birth marks and descriptions of their children's clothing to help make a match.
"I will tell you we will all go home tonight and cry," Roberts said.
Lamoureaux confirmed that the shooting originated in the cafeteria, but did not specify where the deceased were located.
Eyewitness Alyx Peitzsch told local ABC station KOMO that she was in the cafeteria when the shooting started and she heard four gunshots.
She estimated that there were perhaps 50 people in the cafeteria but she ran out of the room as soon as she heard the shots.
Peitzsch and many other students ran to a church near the school where her mother picked her up.
Police first heard reports of a shooting when someone on campus called 911 at around 10:40 a.m., Lamoureaux said.
The Marysville Police Department said the FBI also was involved in the investigation at the school, which is about 40 miles north of Seattle.
Police cleared the school's multiple buildings to ensure that the situation was stable and to look for injured students, Lamoureaux said, before transitioning from a dynamic scene to an investigative scene. Several hours after the shooting, several students still were being questioned, he added.
Elisa Jaffe, whose 14-year-old son, Austin, was being held in a classroom while police finished a second sweep of the school campus, said that he used a friend's phone to call her to say he was alright.
"I won’t feel he’s safe until I actually get to touch him," Jaffe told KOMO.
"This is just one of those things -- it doesn't happen, it isn't real," she said. "It happens other places. I never imagined it would happen in this community. We will never feel the same."
President Obama has been briefed on the shooting incident.
Nathan Heckerdorf, a student at the school, told ABC News that he spoke to the suspected shooter before the first class of the day to see how the shooter was doing because the individual allegedly got into a fight over racial slurs.
The suspect claimed to be alright, and Heckerdorf thought the individual seemed normal.
Heckerdorf spoke to ABC News by phone while he was waiting to be evacuated from a classroom that he ran into when he heard gunshots.
"We were told to get away from the windows," Heckerdorf told ABC News of what he and about 25 other students were doing inside the classroom.
He said the school splits lunch into two periods and the people in the cafeteria at the time of the first shooting would have been there because they had the earlier lunch.
He was headed to the cafeteria but ran away when he heard the gunshots. He said that someone pulled the fire alarm immediately afterwards, causing everyone to scatter.
"Everybody's still shaken up," Heckerdorf said. "Some people are crying. But, as of now, it's a pretty calm atmosphere."
Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio
(JERUSALEM) -- An American teen from New Orleans was shot and killed during clashes in the West Bank village of Silwad near Ramallah Friday.
Orwa Abd al-Wahhab Hammad, 15, was born in Ramallah and moved with his family to New Orleans, according to his brother Mohammad. His mother and brothers had traveled with him to the West Bank and his father will arrive from the United States on Sunday for the funeral.
The State Department confirms Orwa was a U.S. citizen, and says officials from the Consulate General in Jerusalem are in contact with family and providing all consular assistance.
Orwa is the second American child to die in the region this week. On Wednesday, 3-month old Chaya Zissel Braun was killed in Jerusalem when a Palestinian man drove his car into a crowd of pedestrians at a transit stop. Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld described the incident as a “terrorist attack.” Her parents had traveled to Israel from Rockland County, New York, so her father could study in a yeshiva.
Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio
(BETHESDA, Md.) -- Before returning to her "normal life" in Texas, newly Ebola-free Dallas nurse Nina Pham got a hug from President Obama in the Oval Office.
Hours earlier, Pham had walked out of the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center, where she has been in isolation since Oct. 16, to a round of applause. She thanked everyone who cared for her since her Oct. 11 Ebola diagnosis, and said she would finally go home to her dog, Bentley.
"I feel fortunate and blessed to be standing here today," she told reporters, adding that she hopes to return to her "normal life."
Pham, 26, contracted Ebola from Liberian national Thomas Duncan, who flew to the United States in September and was diagnosed with Ebola at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas.
Pham, a nurse there, cared for Duncan when he was especially contagious. He died on Oct. 8, and she tested positive for the deadly virus three days later.
It was the first Ebola transmission on U.S. soil.
"I am on my way back to recovery even as I reflect on others who have not been so fortunate," Pham said, reading from her prepared statement at the press conference.
Pham's colleague, nurse Amber Vinson, 29, also tested positive for the virus on Oct. 15, and was flown from Dallas to Emory University Hospital later that night. The following day, Pham was flown to the Special Clinical Studies Unit of the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, at the Dallas hospital's request.
At the news conference announcing Pham's discharge, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health, said she tested negative for Ebola five times, and that it wasn't clear which treatment saved her because they were all experimental.
"I want to first tell you what a great pleasure and in many respects, a privilege ...to have the opportunity to treat and care for and get to know such an extremely courageous and lovely person," Fauci said, adding that she represents the health care workers who "put themselves on the line"
He said he wore Pham's nursing school colors for the press conference in her honor.
"I'm going to miss Nina a lot," Fauci quipped at the end of the conference, adding that he gave her his cellphone number.
Pham also thanked Dr. Kent Brantly, the American missionary who had been treating Ebola patients in Liberia when he contracted the deadly virus in late July. Brantly was declared virus-free in September and has donated plasma to Pham and other American Ebola patients in the hopes of boosting their ability to fight the virus with his antibodies.
Pham's dog, Bentley, was taken to an animal shelter following her diagnosis. He has tested negative for Ebola, but his 21-day incubation period isn't over until Nov. 1. They will likely reunite a few days later.
Vinson's family announced on Oct. 22 that she, too, tested negative for the virus at Emory.
Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio