Washington: HS gunman used .40-cal handgun; teacher tried to intervene while he reloaded

Washington: HS gunman used .40-cal handgun; teacher tried to intervene while he reloaded

[Ed. – The full report isn’t out yet.  But witnesses reportedly heard six shots before the teen had to reload, so a large-capacity magazine was apparently not at issue.  The handgun was not a so-called “assault rifle,” and its most recent sale and current registered ownership are known to authorities.  The school is a “gun-free zone.”  In other words, nothing that gun-restriction advocates proclaim to be safety problems, and want more laws about, was a factor in this sad and horrible shooting.]

Marysville Education Association president Randy Davis told The Associated Press Saturday that first-year social studies teacher Megan Silberberger intervened in the shooting at Marysville-Pilchuck High School.

Student Erick Cervantes told KIRO-TV the teacher intercepted the gunman as he was trying to reload. Cervantes said the woman tried to move the gunman’s hand away, before he shot himself. …

The shooter was Jaylen Fryberg, a popular Marysville-Pilchuck High School freshman, a government official with direct knowledge of the shooting told The Associated Press.

The attacker killed one girl on Friday and seriously wounded four others before dying of a self-inflicted wound.

Snohomish County Sheriff’s spokeswoman Shari Ireton said in a statement Saturday morning that the on-scene investigation at Marysville-Pilchuck High School was finished. A .40-caliber handgun was recovered, which authorities believe was the weapon used in the Friday morning shooting, Ireton said.

Brian Bennett, spokesman for the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in Seattle, said his agency conducted a trace of the firearm and determined “the most recent purchaser of the gun.” He said he could not identify that person, adding it would be up to the local police to release that information. …

Two of the gunman’s cousins were among the wounded. Fryberg fatally shot himself, according to witnesses, police and relatives. …

Witnesses described the shooter as methodical inside the cafeteria.

“I heard six shots go off, and I turned and saw people diving under the tables,” Isabella MacKeige, 18, said.

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