Sound Stories. Sound Voices.
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations
You are on the KUOW archive site. Click here to go to our current site.

Four Students Shot At Marysville-Pilchuck High School

KUOW Photo/Carolyn Adolph
Father and daughter reunite outside a church a few hours after the fatal shooting at Marysville Pilchuck High School.

Four young people are in intensive care following a shooting in a Marysville high school cafeteria. And two young people are dead.

One, a girl. The other, the alleged shooter. Police have yet to confirm his identity.

KUOW reporter Carolyn Adolph reports.


It was just before 10:40 a.m. at Marysville Pilchuck High School.

Morgan Van Dalen and her friend Madison McKee were in the cafeteria, about three tables away from where the shooting started.

Van Dalen: "We didn't know what it was at first, we just heard it. And we like looked around and the person who was facing that way, was like, 'Oh my God!' and then we all ran. And everyone was falling over each other trying to get out of there."

The girls said they recognized the shooter, and it made no sense.

Van Dalen:  "I don't know, everyone's surprised about it. Even the teachers. Because he was Homecoming Prince."

McKee: "So he's well liked."

Students were evacuated to a church nearby where hundreds of parents were waiting after hearing about the shooting.

Morgan's parents formed a tight circle around the two girls.

Tami Van Dalen, Morgan's mother: "It's unreal. You don't expect it to happen."

Around them, officials worked to connect students with their families.

There was some confusion. Many students looked stoic until their parents arrived.

And then the rush of emotion started.

Parents and children were trembling and crying.

Attention now turns to the hospitals, where victims of this tragedy are being treated. And where those families wait.

From Marysville, I'm Carolyn Adolph, KUOW News.