The Marysville Pilchuck High School shooting occurred in Marysville, Washington, on October 24, 2014, when 15-year-old freshman student Jaylen Fryberg shot five other students at Marysville Pilchuck High School, fatally wounding four, before fatally shooting himself. Fryberg’s father, Raymond Fryberg, was arrested and convicted the following year for illegally purchasing and owning the gun used in the shooting, among other firearms.
The Marysville-Pilchuck shooting is the deadliest high school shooting in a decade, the second deadliest since Columbine. The tragedy was likely also the only major school shooting in which the killer solely targeted his friends.
Prior to the shooting, Fryberg invited several students, all of whom were friends, to meet him for lunch via text message. He urged some of them to skip classes they had at the time. Minutes prior to the shooting, he reportedly sent a group text message to his family and the families of his would-be victims.
Carmen Lopez takes a selfie with Jaylen Fryberg on October 23, 2014, one day before the shooting at Marysville-Pilchuck High School, when they were in art class. Some friends say Jaylen appeared distraught the week of the shooting. Others detected nothing unordinary.