ROCKFORD, Wash. — A shooter opened fire at a high school in a tiny town in Washington state Wednesday, killing one student, injuring three others, and sending worried parents to the school in a frenzied rush, authorities said.
Brian Schaeffer of the Spokane Fire Department told reporters that one student died at Freeman High School in Rockford, south of Spokane, while three injured victims were taken to a hospital and are expected to survive.
‘‘The shooter has been apprehended and is taken into custody,’’ he said.
Schaeffer, who didn’t release any information about a possible motive or the age of the suspect, said the shooting was especially hard for first responders, many of whom have children at the school.
A two-lane road into the community of about 500 people near the Idaho border was clogged with vehicles. Some people abandoned their cars on the street to make it to their children.
Cheryl Moser said her son, a freshman at Freeman High School, called her from a classroom after hearing shots fired.
‘‘He called me and said, ‘Mom, there are gunshots.’ He sounded so scared. I’ve never heard him like that,’’ Moser told The Spokesman-Review newspaper.
‘‘You never think about something happening like this at a small school,” she said.