Videos show suspect in school shooting playing with guns

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first_imgROCKFORD — The student accused of shooting a classmate to death at a Washington state high school and wounding three others had posted videos online showing him playing with guns, including one where he pretends to hunt for a drug dealer.Classmates at Freeman High School in the tiny town of Rockford, south of Spokane, knew about the videos. Junior Paul Fricke told The Spokesman-Review newspaper that “we knew he had an assault rifle, because he uses it in his YouTube videos.”In one, the suspect and a friend display several guns, including what appear to be airsoft weapons and one actual rifle, and act out a scenario where they search for an imaginary neighborhood drug dealer.Another student described the suspect as obsessed with previous school shootings.He was set to make his first appearance in juvenile court in Spokane on Thursday, a day after authorities say he opened fire in a hallway, killing one student and wounding three others before a custodian stopped him.Witnesses described a panicked scene when shots rang out Wednesday, with bullets hitting the ceiling and students screaming and running down the hallway.Armed with a pistol and rifle, classmates say the shooter’s face “was passive” when he tried to fire a weapon. It jammed, and another boy confronted him.last_img

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