Freshman Jaylen Fryberg texted five classmates to meet for lunch Friday at Marysville-Pilchuck High School before shooting them, Snohomish County Sheriff Ty Trenary said during a news conference Monday in Everett.
Trenary said once the five were seated at a table in the cafeteria, Fryberg opened fire with a handgun, killing two and wounding three others before taking his own life.
Trenary said the .40-caliber Beretta handgun was legally purchased, registered and owned by a relative of Fryberg. How the 15-year-old obtained the weapon remains under investigation, Trenary said.
A motive for the shooting is also unknown, and Trenary predicted the investigation could take months.
Killed were Zoe Galasso and Gia Soriano, both 14.
Three other teens wounded in the shooting remain hospitalized. Two are in critical condition, but one appears to be recovering.
Shaylee Chuckulnaskit, 14, was in critical condition at Providence Regional Medical Center. Hospital officials said Sunday she was “receiving ongoing, continual monitoring and care.”
Andrew Fryberg, 15, was in critical condition in the intensive-care unit at Seattle’s Harborview Medical Center, hospital spokeswoman Susan Gregg wrote in a news release.
The third injured teen, Nate Hatch, 14, was also in Harborview’s intensive-care unit, but his condition has improved to satisfactory, according to Gregg. Hatch is awake and breathing on his own, Gregg said.
“As I have stated, conducting an investigation of this scope takes time and we may not have answers to many of your questions for several months,” Trenary said during the news conference in Everett. “Our priority continues to be a thorough investigation. Rather than focusing on why, I’d encourage us all to focus on the future and that we come together as a community to take the time to heal.”
Trenary also addressed reports that a first-year teacher who reportedly confronted the shooter had physical contact with him. The sheriff debunked those reports.