SEATTLE — A student was fatally shot inside Ingraham High School in North Seattle and a suspect is in custody, according to Seattle Mayor Bruce Harrell.
Police continue to investigate as parents are reunited with students.
Police said they received reports of shots being fired at the school at 1819 North 135th Street at 9:55 a.m. Tuesday. The school was closed to protect the students.
Officers entered the school and found a victim with gunshot wounds. This person was taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries, where she later died.
Seattle Public Schools Assistant Superintendent of Public Affairs Beverly Redmond said the victim was a student.
“We do not believe this was a random act of violence,” Redmond said in a statement released late this morning.
Officers searched the area for a suspect. At a news conference around 11:05 a.m., Seattle Police Chief Adrien Diaz announced that someone had been arrested.
Witnesses told KIRO 7 that a male suspect was arrested at a nearby bus stop on Aurora Avenue North near 145th. A dozen officers armed with semi-automatic rifles invaded the area and arrested the suspect, who did not resist, according to witnesses.
Seattle Police Chief Adrian Diaz said a firearm was recovered during the student’s arrest. He did not confirm whether the gun was the weapon used in the incident.
The process to reunite students with their parents began at noon, according to SPS. Get reunification updates here.
Police said students will be released one classroom at a time into the auditorium, where families can sign them. If a student is 18, they will be allowed to leave as long as they leave.
All extracurricular activities on Tuesday are canceled and classes are canceled on Wednesday.
Seattle Mayor Bruce Harrell and Chief Diaz will hold a press conference with updates at 2 p.m. We will provide more information as it becomes available.
Note: A previous version of this story stated that the arrested suspect was a student. Police have not officially confirmed this information and this article has been adjusted to reflect this.
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