School Shooter Was Freshman Homecoming Prince

Freshman Jaylen Fryberg was popular but bullied: student
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 24, 2014 4:27 PM CDT
School Shooter Was Freshman Homecoming King
This image made from a video provided by KOMO shows emergency personnel responding after reports of a shooting at Marysville-Pilchuck High School in Marysville, Wash., Friday, Oct. 24, 2014.   (AP Photo/KOMO)

The gunman in a school shooting near Seattle—identified by fellow students as Jaylen Fryberg—was named freshman homecoming prince just days ago, CNN reports. The victims were Fryberg's friends, says one witness: "It wasn't just random." He "came up from behind ... and fired about six bullets into the backs of them." A student describes Fryberg as popular but recently bullied, CNN notes. Fryberg, according to a fellow student, was frustrated after a girl refused to date him, the Seattle Times reports; she was among those shot, the student says.

Fryberg was on the football team, a teammate tells the Times. Yesterday at practice, "he was all happy, dancing around and listening to music. I don’t know what happened today." On social media, Fryberg is shown hunting and holding guns. He's described as a Native American and member of the Tulalip tribe. Three of four injured students were reported in critical condition following head wounds; they're undergoing or have completed surgery. Another, who was shot in the jaw, is in serious condition after surgery, the Times reports. (More Seattle stories.)

Get breaking news in your inbox.
What you need to know, as soon as we know it.
Sign up
Get the news faster.
Tap to install our app.
Install the Newser News app
in two easy steps:
1. Tap in your navigation bar.
2. Tap to Add to Home Screen.