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Two Female Students Critical From Marysville Shooting

by by Kristen Timbrook - The Oregon Herald and NBC News Saturday October 25, 2014    12:40 PM

MARYSVILLE, Washington - Update: Shaylee Chuckulnaskit has died of her injuries.

Three of the students injured Friday during a deadly school shooting north of Seattle were in critical condition Saturday, with a fourth in serious condition, hospital officials said.

Shaylee Chuckulnaskit and Gia Soriano, both 14, suffered critical head wounds when Fryberg opened fire in the school cafeteria with a .40 caliber handgun. Fryberg also killed a female student at the scene, but police have not identified her.

UPDATE: First Female Victim Identified as 14-year-old Zoe Galasso.

Two male victims, Nate Hatch, 14, and Andrew Fryberg, 15, are being treated at Harborview Medical Center Seattle. The boys are cousins of the shooter, Jaylen Ray Fryberg, a freshman at Marysville Pilchuck High School — the chaotic scene of Friday morning's violence. "They're just three complete buddies, and they couldn't be closer than three brothers," Don Hatch told TODAY, referring to the gunman, who died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, and the two injured boys, who remain in intensive care.

Nate Hatch suffered a jaw injury and was in serious condition Saturday, said hospital spokeswoman Susan Gregg. Andrew Fryberg was in critical condition with a head injury after undergoing "extensive surgery," officials added.

The two injured girls are in critical condition and are "being monitored moment by moment" at Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett, said Joanne Roberts, the hospital's chief medical officer. "The next three days are going to be crucial," Roberts added.

The girls' families are by the patients' bedsides, and "just grieving," Roberts said. "We've seen tears, we've seen anger," she said. Soriano's family said in a statement that they are in "shock."

Investigators with the Snohomish County Multiple Agency Response Team spent Friday night investigating inside the school in Marysville, about 35 miles north of Seattle, but did not immediately provide a motive for the shooting. More than 100 student witnesses were interviewed, according to the Snohomish County Sheriff's Office, and a handgun was recovered.

The investigation also found that a school employee tried to stop Fryberg, according to the Snohomish County Sheriff's Office. Randy Davis, the president of the Marysville Education Association, told NBC News that he has heard from school district officials that Megan Silberberger, a social studies teacher, "did play a part in trying to stop the shooting." This is Silberberger's first year as a full-time teacher at the school, Davis said.

"I am thankful and grateful for the support from everyone. At this time I am requesting privacy," Silberberger said, according to a Tweet from Marysville School District.

"We're just trying to deal with it and cope with it," added Davis, who said he spoke with the teacher by phone on Saturday.

Fellow students have described Fryberg as a "nice guy," who was proud of his Native American heritage and a member of the Tulalip Tribes, as well as the school's wrestling and football teams. He had also recently been crowned freshman homecoming prince.

Photo: Shaylee Chuckulnaskit left and and Gia Soriano rigiht.
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