Seattle High School Student Shot to Death While Trying to Break Up Fight

Published: June 10, 2024

SEATTLE, Wash. – A 17-year-old student and member of the football team was shot and killed Thursday in the parking lot of Garfield High School as he was attempting to break up a fight.

The shooting happened during the lunch hour just outside of the school at the Garfield Teen Life Center. An altercation broke out, and junior student Amarr Murphy-Paine intervened, attempting to stop it. As he was trying to do so, he was shot, reports the Seattle Times.

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Murphy-Paine was transported to Harborview Medical Center where he died. Before being taken to the hospital, the victim was administered CPR by an adult witness and then by local first responders when they arrived at the scene, reports KUOW.

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The shooter is believed to be a high-school-aged male who was wearing a red hoodie, light-colored pants and light shoes, reports KOMO. He has not been apprehended by authorities.

Immediately after the shooting, Garfield High School was placed on lockdown. Classes at the school were cancelled on Friday and Monday.

There have been multiple shootings in the area around the campus this past year. Immediately after the shooting, Seattle Mayr Bruce Harrell said police would continue their presence at Garfield High School.

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