Meadowdale Middle School students found themselves in the middle of a Roosevelt High School lockdown in Seattle Wednesday following the shooting of five people at a nearby cafe and a resulting police manhunt that made the national news.
According to Edmonds School District spokeswoman DJ Jakala, about 100 Meadowdale middleschoolers were among a group of students from other districts who were attending a play at the North Seattle high school Wednesday morning. When word came that police were seeking a suspect who had fled on foot after shooting five people at a cafe less than a mile from the high school, the visiting students were safely locked inside the school along with the Roosevelt students.
The Edmonds-area students were allowed to leave Roosevelt and safely return to their school, Jakala said, arriving at Meadowdale at 2:25 p.m. in time “to get their backpacks from the choir room and get on their buses home.”
Seattle police later found the alleged shooter, who is also suspected of killing a woman in downtown Seattle and stealing her car, in West Seattle, where he shot himself in the head.