The slain student was trying to convince the shooter, whose first gun had jammed, not to carry out the morning rampage when he was shot dead, Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich told reporters.
The gunman then fired on three other students in a second-floor hallway of Freeman High School in Rockford, Washington, Knezovich said. The surviving victims, who were in their mid-teens, were listed in stable condition, a local hospital said.
Knezovich declined to identify the suspect or discuss what may have motivated the gun violence in detail but said: "It sounds like a case of a bullying-type of situation."
He said that a member of the staff at Freeman who he described as "very courageous" was able to capture the gunman before police officers arrived on scene to take him into custody. He was being held at Spokane County juvenile jail.
"Fortunately that one (gun) jammed. This would have been a lot worse if it didn‘t," Knezovich said. "These are senseless, tragic events that really don’t need to happen and I don’t really understand them."--REUTERS