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Jaylen Fryberg, the high school freshman who opened fire at Marysville-Pilchuck High School in Washington, lured his victims to the cafeteria with a text, authorities revealed Monday.

During a news conference, Snohomish County Sheriff Ty Trenary said the 15-year-old asked five classmates to meet for lunch Friday. Once the students were seated in the cafeteria, Fryberg opened fire, wounding three and killing two before turning the gun on himself.

The .40-caliber Beretta handgun was legally purchased and registered to a relative of Fryberg, police say.

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.

Police have not yet identified Fryberg’s exact motive, although it seems to stem from a high school love triangle. An investigation, Trenary said, could take months.

SOURCE: SeattleTimes | PHOTO CREDIT: Facebook

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