by Nicholas Shepard – Web Editor
On September 13th, Caleb Sharpe came to school with two weapons, both of which belonged to his father and he had taken without permission; an AR-15 semi-automatic assault rifle and a .32-caliber handgun. Hi rampage that followed resulted in the death of one student and the non-fatal shooting of three others. Freeman High School, where he had just begun his sophomore year, is about ten miles southeast of Spokane.
Other students at Freeman High School told authorities that Sharpe had said he was “going to do something stupid and might get killed or sent to jail”. He had brought notes on various school shootings to school on previous occasions, and reportedly watched the documentary “Mind of a Rampage Killer”, about 10 times.
The victim of Sharpe’s attack, fellow student Sam Strahan, was shot first in the abdomen and then in the cheek, and there is evidence to suggest that Strahan was one of various specific targets Sharpe had in mind. Detectives found a yearbook while searching his home, in which 26 students’ photos, including Strahan’s, were marked with “X Kill”. Different notes Sharpe took were also found, which included statements such as “Killing is fun and I enjoy it,” “I am the one who deserves to live,”, and “I am smarter than the cops.”
Strahan had allegedly been friends with Sharpe in the past, but in recent years they had drifted apart. Sharpe’s intention, he told detectives, was to teach everyone a lesson about bullying and what it can do to a person. “Sharpe said the plan went exactly as intended,” as detectives wrote in court documents. As of now no evidence suggests that Sharpe was suicidal or intended to end his life after committing the shooting.
Witnesses reported that Strahan attempted to talk down Sharpe, which is when he began shooting. After Sharpe shot Strahan he fired into a group of girls, hurting three of them, before being overpowered by a janitor.