Snohomish County Sheriff Ty Trenary revealed at a press conference yesterday that 14-year-old gunman Jaylen Fryberg from Marysville-Pilchuck High School in Washington State sent his shooting victims a text message inviting them all to meet him for lunch in the school cafeteria last Friday, according to an Oct. 28 report from USA Today. When Fryberg arrived at the cafeteria, his three friends and his two cousins were all seated at the same table waiting for him. And that’s when witnesses say that Fryberg produced a handgun and “calmly” began his shooting spree.
Three of those five victims are still in the hospital with two listed in critical condition. Two of Fryberg’s five shooting victims are dead. It’s also now been confirmed that Fryberg, who also died at the scene, killed himself in the school cafteria. Earlier reports speculated that his death came when struggling for his handgun with first-year social studies teacher Megan Silberberger, who heroically intervened in the shootings.
“Witnesses confirm that the five victims were at the table when the shooter opened fire, striking the victims before turning the gun on himself,” said Trenary. It was the medical examiner from Snohomish County who yesterday confirmed Fryberg’s death a suicide.
Zoe Galasso and Gia Soriano, both 14, were the two girls killed in Fryberg’s planned shooting spree. Galasso died at the scene of the shooting on Friday. Soriano, suffering from a gunshot wound to her head, died in the hospital on Sunday. The third female shooting victim, Shaylee Chuckulnaskit, also 14, is still listed in critical condition with a gunshot wound to the head.
The two cousins that Fryberg shot are both still hospitalized. Andrew Fryberg, 15, is listed in critical condition and remains in intensive care. Nate Hatch, 14, is showing signs of improvement and just had his condition upgraded from serious to satisfactory. Yesterday, Nate’s family said that the 14 year old was walking and talking and getting back onto social media.
On Facebook he posted “Greatful to be alive.” On Twitter, he sent a message of forgiveness: “I love you and I forgive you Jaylen rest in peace.”
Despite his continued improvement, Nate acknowledged his suffering. “Worst pain I’ve ever felt in my life,” his Twitter post read.
And struggling with the loss of his friend, Gia, Nate retweeted someone else who wrote the words: “I love you Gia.”
According to Fox News, Trenary also reported yesterday that the handgun Fryberg used in his assault on his targeted friends and two cousins was a .40 caliber Beretta, “legally purchased and registered to a family member.” It’s still not clear how Fryberg ended up with that Beretta. Police will also continue to investigate a clear motive for why Fryberg felt compelled to go on his shooting spree last Friday. For more on the Marysville school shooting, see the video accompanying this article.