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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."

Luton said he was sitting just two tables away, when he heard the first loud bang, and then four or five more gun shots.

"People started screaming, and people started getting to the ground, and going for the nearest exit," he said. Luton huddled on the ground.

"After he'd already put some bullets into the backs of the students, he turned and looked at me and my girlfriend Harley, and kind of gave us a smirk, and turned around, and then shot more bullets outside. And then went outside and shot more," he said.

At that moment, Luton ran out of the cafeteria, and away from campus.

"He shot more bullets outside, and then shot himself. But through the day, he was carrying the gun in his backpack, and nobody knew about it. He's just someone no one would have expected it to happen," Luton said.

The shooter, also a freshman, was a popular kid, a member of the football team who had won homecoming prince, Luton said. Two weeks ago, someone said something racist to the shooter, whom Luton identified as Native American, but it is unclear if Friday's shooting is related to that incident.

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