WASHINGTON, October 25 (RIA Novosti) - Two people were pronounced dead after the shooting at Marysville-Pilchuck High School in Washington state, Marysville Police Department stated.
"Two deceased are confirmed, one is a shooter and second we are not confirming if that is student or staff… the shooting did originate in the cafeteria and I do not know where the diseased were located," Marysville Police officials said at a press-conference Friday.
The police also confirmed that the shooter is a student.
The police are searching the school that is on lockdown, and have not released any further details yet.
"The Marysville Pilchuck High School (MPHS) is currently in lockdown due to an emergency situation. Police and emergency services have responded," the school's website reads.
Students who attend MPHS campus are being relocated to a nearby church where parents can pick them up.
The incident took place at Marysville-Pilchuck High School Friday. A gunman reportedly shot himself after opening fire inside a US school north of Seattle, in Washington state.
Public mass shootings in the United States have been on the rise since 2011, according to Harvard researchers. Studies show that a public mass shooting occurred on average every 172 days since 1982, while in September 2011 this number spikes to some 14 public incidents in less than every 172 days. In the subsequent three-year phase they occurred every 64 days on average.