SPD responded to a shooting at Ingraham High School on Tuesday morning. A suspect was taken into custody shortly after 11 a.m. and the investigation still is ongoing.
Police received reports of shots fired at Ingraham High School, and found a student suffering from a gunshot wound. The student later died at Harborview Medical Center. Governor Jay Inslee said the incident was resolved quickly and that children should never have to experience this.
Parents and guardians waited in front of the school after the shooting, updating worried family members. Tensions were high, and some parents were waiting two hours to be reunited with their kids.
Madeleyne De Leon said she got a call from a friend saying there had been shots. She and her friends ran from the school to the nearby Sprouts grocery store parking lot.
Leanna Sparks got a text from her 14-year-old son saying he had heard gunshots. She is now considering homeschooling her two children after learning of the shooting.
Bernard Richard Hall was among parents searching for answers Tuesday morning, after his 15-year-old son forgot his phone at home and left for school without it. Hall drove to the school and stood in the parking lot waiting for an update.
Matteo Griffin said his wife, Heather, was holding a one-on-one meeting when the shooting happened. She needed to remain on the campus during the lockdown.
Ingraham High School has a high graduation rate and offers the rigorous International Baccalaureate program. Brent Jones, superintendent of Seattle Public Schools, said his priority is to make sure students and families are safe.
At least 271 gun incidents have occurred at K-12 schools across the U.S. this year, including more than 300 wounded or killed people.