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Marysville school shooter Jaylen Fryberg: what we know

Students flee from Marysville Pilchuck High School with their hands in the air following a shooting in the school
Students flee from Marysville Pilchuck High School with their hands in the air following a shooting in the school
KOMO News

There was a shooting at Marysville-Pilchuck High School, just north of Seattle, on October 24. The gunman, 15-year-old Jaylen Fryberg, is dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. A female student is dead and several more are wounded.

Not much is known about Fryberg or his motives, and few clues are available on his social media accounts. In recent weeks, tweets from an unverified Twitter account that appears to have belonged to Fryberg became increasingly angry and melancholy. The last tweet from the account, posted on October 23, read, "It won't last.… It will never last…"

Here's a running list of what has been confirmed, and what we still don't know about Fryberg and the shooting.

What we know

— The shooter was identified by multiple media outlets as 15-year-old Jaylen Fryberg, who, according to NBC News, was named the school's freshman homecoming prince one week before the shooting.

— A second student, 14-year-old Zoe Galasso, was confirmed dead at the site of the shooting, according to Marysville Police spokesperson Robb Lamoureux.

— A third student, 14-year-old Gia Soriano, died in the hospital on October 26, Providence Regional Medical Center Everett staff announced on October 27.

— A fourth student, 14-year-old Shaylee Chuckulnaskit, died in the hospital on October 31, officials reported.

— A fifth student, 15-year-old Andrew Fryberg, died in the hospital on November 7.

— One student, 14-year-old Nate Hatch, survived.

— All of the victims were reportedly Fryberg's friends or family. One of the victims was Fryberg's cousin.


— Fryberg died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, Lamoureux confirmed at an October 24 press conference.

— Fryberg acted alone.

— The shooting occurred in the school's cafeteria.

— Court documents show Fryberg took a dark turn about a week before the shooting after some kind of problem with a close female friend, according to NBC News.

— Fryberg reportedly invited, via text, the shooting victims to his lunch table prior to the shooting, a law enforcement source told CNN.

— Fryberg was an avid hunter, according to KOMO News. In an August 1 post to a now-deleted Instagram account that appeared to be Fryberg's, the teenager was shown holding a rifle that he described as a birthday present from his parents. It does not appear to be the gun that was used in the shooting, which NBC News described as a small handgun.

— Police have secured the scene and are now focusing on investigating what happened, according to Lamoureux.

— President Barack Obama has been briefed on the shooting, NBC News reported.