Freeman High School student Sam Strahan has been identified as the student who was shot and killed by Caleb Sharp during a school shooting at Freeman High School in Rockford, Washington.
Strahan, who was a sophomore at Freeman High School, was shot and killed when he tried to confront fellow sophomore Caleb Sharp who’d come to the school armed with two weapons.
Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich said Strahan was shot and killed by a shooter inside Freeman High School Wednesday, but this is not the only tragedy to befall the Strahan family in recent months.
According to the Spokesman-Review, classmates described Strahan as a “true hero”, “incredible soul” and a “positive and happy spirit”. Furthermore, the Spokesman reports that Sam’s father, Scott Strahan, died unexpectedly on June 18 when he was crushed beneath a motor home he was working on.
via Washington Post:
The high school of more than 300 students, southeast of Spokane, became a crime scene as the shooter opened fire, killing Strahan and wounding three other students. Then, officials said, a school custodian approached the shooter and “ordered him to surrender.” The custodian was able to subdue the shooter until an officer arrived and took him into custody.
While police have not disclosed Strahan’s name, pending its release by the county medical examiner’s office, friends and witnesses have identified him in local news stories and participated in a vigil at a local mall. As shock turned to grief in the hours after the country’s latest school shooting, they told of a sincere young man with a penchant for joking around, even after burying his own father, who died in an accident — on Father’s Day.
Officials said the suspect’s first gun jammed before he pulled out a second one. That’s when another student — widely reported to be Strahan — tried to intervene.
Authorities said that an unidentified school custodian approached the shooter at Freeman High School Wednesday morning during the incident and ordered him to surrender. The sheriff’s office also said a deputy who works as a school resource officer arrived shortly thereafter and took the shooter into custody.
The other three injured students have yet to be named, however, despite being seriously injured, are all expected to recover.