Jaylen Ray Fryberg was named as the Pilchuck High School shooting suspect on Friday by KIRO-5, a local media broadcaster. However, officials have not identified the suspect in the case.
Users on social media sites were tweeting that Fryberg may have shot up the school after he broke up with his girlfriend
KIRO-5 reporter Amy Clancy said that a family friend and a coach said Fryberg is the suspect.
— AMY CLANCY (@ClancyKIRO7) October 24, 2014
Later, The Associated Press reported that Fryberg shot and killed himself.
According to local residents on Twitter and Facebook, Fryberg was Native American and part of the Tulalip Tribe, played football, and wrestled. Many students at Pilchuck High School were confirming on social media that Fryberg is the suspect in the shooting.
Fryberg died in the incident. In all, four people were hurt and two died, including the gunman.
According to Clancy, “Uncle of #Marysville shooter says Jaylen Fryberg is ‘not a monster.’ Many people stunned-say Fryberg was a good, popular kid.”
On his Instagram account, it appears that Fryberg’s parents gave him a gun (seen above) as a present. “Probably the best BirthDay present ever! I just love my parents!!!” he appears to say, brandishing a gun and saying “My [new] 17HMR!!!!”
On what appears to be his Twitter account, Fryberg seemed troubled in recent days leading to the shooting.
Fryberg’s final tweet, which as on October 23, was “it won’t last … it’ll never last.”
He’s seen in his profile picture in a Native American headdress.
And several days ago, he was tweeting about breaking broke up with his girlfriend.
“I should have listened…. You were right… The whole time you were right,” he sald. “It breaks me… It actually does… I know it seems like I’m sweating it off… But I’m not.. And I never will be able to…”
He indicated in mid-September that a friend had done something to make him upset. “Did you forget she was my girlfriend?” he said. “Dude. She tells me everything. And now. I [expletive] HATE you! Your no longer my ‘brother!'”
ASSOCIATED PRESS UPDATE for Washington state:
School gunman was Homecoming prince, students say
MARYSVILLE, Wash. (AP) — A student recently crowned freshman class Homecoming prince walked into his Seattle-area high school cafeteria Friday and opened fire, killing one person and shooting four others — including two of his cousins — before turning the gun on himself, officials and witnesses said.
Students said the gunman was staring at his victims as he shot them inside the cafeteria at Marysville-Pilchuck High School. The shootings set off a chaotic scene as students ran from the cafeteria and building in a frantic dash to safety, while others were told to stay put inside classrooms at the school 30 miles north of Seattle.
The gunman was identified as student Jaylen Fryberg, a government official with direct knowledge of the shooting told The Associated Press. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media.
Students and parents said Fryberg was a member of a prominent family from the nearby Tulalip Indian tribes and a freshman who played on the high school football team. He was introduced at a football game as a prince in the 2014 Homecoming court, according to a video shot by parent Jim McGauhey.
Marysville Police Commander Robb Lamoureux said the gunman died of a self-inflicted wound, but he could not provide more details.