A 14-year-old girl is among those recovering from injuries after a high school classmate opened fire at a school outside of Spokane, Washington, this week, killing one boy and injuring three others.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, Sam Strahan, 15, was killed after he reportedly confronted Caleb Sharpe, also 15, in a hallway at Freeman High School in Rockport. The teen victim had just lost his father to a freak accident in June.
According to court documents obtained by the Chicago Tribune, the suspect told police that Strahan approached him as he was trying to load an assault rifle and it jammed up.
“I always knew you were going to shoot up the school,” Strahan reportedly said. “You know this is going to get you in trouble.”
Sharpe then reportedly pulled a pistol from his pocket and fatally shot Strahan in the face and the stomach.
Before a janitor was able to subdue him, Sharpe wounded three other students, all female.
The New York Post reports that Emma Nees, a freshman at Freeman High School, was among those three victims.
She is recovering in the hospital, and reportedly in good spirits. Jordyn Goldsmith and Gracie Jensen, best friends and volleyball players who were also shot, are also doing well.
“Emma is doing very well physically and will go home soon,” Emma’s great-uncle wrote in a Facebook post.
“She is thoughtful, kind, and an excellent student. The other two victims are also stable. Emma and her family will be assisted by counselors to help deal with this. Any prayers will be welcomed.”
Sharpe was reportedly struggling with suicidal thoughts and left a suicide note for his parents before the school shooting. He told investigators that he wanted to teach his classmates a lesson about bullying, and that he was not targeting Strahan specifically.
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