“The Why Is Elusive” In WA School Shooting; Victims Were Invited To Lunch


The five students targeted in Friday's shooting at Marysville-Pilchuck High School in Washington State were invited to the cafeteria by the freshman who shot them, says Snohomish County Sheriff Ty Trenary. The Seattle Times says Jaylen Fryberg, 15, shot them after texted them and asking them to meet him for lunch. He fatally shot two and wounded the other three before taking his own life. The .40-caliber Beretta handgun was legally purchased, registered and owned by one of the teen's relatives.

Fryberg was a well-liked member of the football team who had been crowned freshman homecoming prince. Some believed he could have become a leader of the Tulalip Tribes. Some students have said he had problems with a girl; others indicated he may have had some type of dispute with fellow students. The victims who were gunned down were relatives and friends of Fryberg. “The question everybody wants is why and quite candidly I don't know the why is something we can provide,” Trenary said. Investigations into other school shootings have taught that “the why is elusive,” he said.

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