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Anchored by Jake Tapper, The Lead airs at 4 p.m. ET on CNN.

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October 24th, 2014
06:06 PM ET

Shooter’s friend: It came out of nowhere

(CNN) – A popular freshman shocked friends, fellow students, and teachers when he opened fire at Marysville-Pilchuck High School. The gunman shot five people, killing one, before killing himself, law enforcement officials say.

"It just came out of nowhere. I honestly wouldn't expect it," student Frankie Pina, a friend of the shooter, told CNN.

"We used to be very good friends. We kind of drifted away a little bit. And now this happened," the junior said.

The gunman, whom witnesses identify as Jaylen Fryberg, was not a violent person, said Pina. Fryberg's girlfriend had broken up with him, and his tweets had recently taken a dark turn, he said.

He sent "scary" tweets "about hurting himself and stuff like that," said Pina.

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October 24th, 2014
05:31 PM ET

School shooting: Why a popular freshman would do this

(CNN) – Witnesses say a popular freshman, a member of the football team and the homecoming prince, took a gun to his school, and shot his friends and fellow students.

It's hard to understand, but not uncommon says Dave Cullen, author of "Columbine."

"It's all about the perspective of person. Objectively he may seem popular to us. But the person, especially a kid in high school, doesn't see it that way," Cullen said in an interview with "The Lead with Jake Tapper."
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October 24th, 2014
04:42 PM ET

Witness: He shot them in their backs

(CNN)Marysville-Pilchuck High School freshman Jordan Luton was having lunch in the school cafeteria Friday, when a classmate walked in and opened fire.

The shooter walked up to a table where his friends were sitting, said Luton.

"He came up from behind, and had a gun in his hand, and fired about six bullets into the backs of them. And they were his friends, so it wasn't just random," Luton said in an interview with CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper."
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national lead

October 23rd, 2014
07:13 PM ET

State senator: Leakers trying to 'incite' Ferguson community

(CNN) - Supporters of Michael Brown, the unarmed teenager shot dead by a police officer in August, say leaks of the autopsy and details of investigation are doing more harm than good.

"My constituents feel as though this information that has been leaked is merely out in public to incite the community," State Senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal said in an interview with CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper."

"People are wondering, why now?" Chappelle-Nadal said, saying her constituents believe authorities are trying to rile up the community "instead of bringing peace."

For more of our interview with State Senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal, check out the video above.

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October 23rd, 2014
06:53 PM ET

Ferguson grand jury leaks put town back on edge

(CNN) – Frustration over leaks about the official autopsy results and alleged testimony from unnamed witnesses in the shooting death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown, is raising new ire in Ferguson.

Ire expressed at the highest levels at the U.S. Justice Department where Attorney General Eric Holder called the leaks "inappropriate and troubling," since they come while the grand jury is still convening and before the federal investigation has concluded.

CNN's Jake Tapper reports.

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