TACOMA, Wash. (AP) - A student was shot to death at his high school as classes about to start Wednesday morning, and police were searching for the gunman, officials said.
The student's age and details of the 7:30 a.m. shooting at Foss High School were not immediately released, but police spokesman Mark Fulghum said no one else was believed to be injured. He said police were trying to determine what prompted the attack.
The suspect was believed to be another student, and school district spokeswoman Peggy Holmgren said there were witnesses to the attack.
According to Holmgren, the student was shot just outside a school door, though several students told televisions stations that the shooting was actually in a hallway.
"I thought it was fireworks, but it was probably three shots," Jacki Phongsavath, a junior at Foss, told KOMO-TV of Seattle. "I looked around the corner and saw someone laying on the ground and blood on the lockers."
Phongsavath said he didn't know who the shooter was.
The school was locked down after the shooting. By about 8:30, police had secured the building and students were being sent home, Tacoma School District spokeswoman Pam Thompson said. Classes were canceled for the rest of the day.