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Authorities said a Washington state high school student was killed trying to stop a gunman

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Updated September 13, 2017 06:53 PM EDT

A student who opened fire Wednesday at a high school in Washington state killed a fellow student who tried to stop him, according to police.

Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich said the gunman came to Freeman High School armed with two weapons, but one jammed when he tried to fire it.

Knezovich said the student who died approached the shooter and tried to block him before being shot. Three other injured students were taken to the hospital, but there is no word on their conditions.

The sheriff said the suspect is being held in the county's juvenile jail.

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Sheriff: Student killed trying to stop gunman
Ambulances line up in the emergency area of Sacred Heart Hospital following reports of a shooting at Freeman High School on Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017 in Rockford, Wash. A shooter opened fire at a the high school, south of Spokane, killing one student, injuring three others. The injured victims were taken to a hospital and expected to survive. Authorities say the suspect was in custody. (Kathy Plonka/The Spokesman-Review via AP)
People gather outside of Freeman High School after reports of a shooting at the school in Rockford, Wash., Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017. (KHQ via AP)
Parents gather in the parking lot behind Freeman High School in Rockford, Wash. to wait for their kids, after a deadly shooting at the high school Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017. (Dan Pelle/The Spokesman-Review via AP)

Updated September 13, 2017 03:04 PM EDT

Officials say one person was killed and at least three others were shot when a gunman opened fire at a high school in Washington state.

Fire officials told the Associated Press that multiple ambulances and a Lifeflight helicopter were dispatched to Freeman High School in Rockford after a shooting.

The shooter has been taken into custody, Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich told the Spokesman-Review.

Spokane Public Schools tweeted saying the school is no longer on lockdown.

Emergency crews responded Wednesday to reports of an active shooter at Freeman High School in the town of Rockford, Washington, according to our affiliate KOMO.

There are conflicting reports on the number of victims. KXLY-TV reports four people were shot, sourcing a school resource officer, while the Spokesman Review says there as many as six victims. Both sources report that the suspected shooter is in custody.

Dr. Jeff Collins, the chief physician at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center, tells the Spokesman Review the shooting left up to six victims and two were admitted to the hospital, but the extent if injuries were not given.

A witness who has children that attend the middle school across the street told the paper she saw children running into the building around 10:15 a.m. as classes were about to begin on a late-start day. She and 30 other people are now being sheltered in the elementary school, also near the high school campus.

Spokane Public Schools said on Twitter that all schools in the district are "being placed into modified lockdown as a precautionary measure."

Our affiliate KOMO provided this report.

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