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Shooting victim's grandpa: 'We can't do anything else but heal'

SEATTLE -- The grandfather of one of the victim's in Friday's deadly shooting inside Marysville-Pilchuck High School says we may never know what caused the burst of violence, but he forgives the shooter and his family.

Officials say 14-year-old Jaylen Fryberg walked into his school cafeteria Friday morning and opened fire, killing one person and shooting four others - including two of his cousins - before turning the gun on himself.

Three of the victims had head wounds and were in critical condition. Two unidentified young women were at Providence Everett Medical Center, and 15-year-old Andrew Fryberg was at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, a hospital official said.

Another victim, 14-year-old Nate Hatch, was listed in serious condition at Harborview, the hospital said. Andrew Fryberg and Hatch are cousins of Jaylen Fryberg, according to Nate Hatch's grandfather, Don Hatch.

Don Hatch said his grandson was close friends with everyone involved in the shooting, including Jaylen Fryberg. He said the group was nearly inseparable and just recently went to prom together.

Hatch has no idea what triggered the shooting, and he said that information will likely remain a mystery.

"Only God knows what escalated this. Only God knows. Nobody pushed a button with bullying. It's just something that happened, and we don't know why," he said.

Even though his own grandson is seriously injured, Don Hatch said he forgives Jaylen Fryberg and said he plans on visiting with the shooter's family.

"I'll say, 'I feel for you and I'll pray for you. Even though my grandson got shot, I'm with you and I'm praying for you,'' he said.
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