A male student was fatally shot and the gunman was found dead at an Oregon high school Tuesday, authorities said.
SWAT teams descended on Reynolds High School after receiving a report of a shooting, Troutdale Police Chief Scott Anderson said. He said a room-by-room search was underway at the school outside Portland. Anderson did not say how the gunman died.
“This is a very tragic day, one that I had hoped would never ever be part of my experience,” Schools Superintendent Linda Florence said. “We feel very sorry for our parents.”
She said the students were “absolutely wonderful” at evacuating the building. Teary reunions were underway as parents were reunited with their kids at a parking lot near the school.
Sue Strickland, police records specialist for the Troutdale police, told USA TODAY the shooter was a male teen. She could not confirm whether he was a student at the school.
“We are still checking the building,” Strickland said. “We have about 40-50 units out there. We have several SWAT teams in the building right now and they are checking to make sure that they’ve got things under control. A semi-automatic weapon was used.”
KGW-TV reported that two students at the shooting scene claimed more than one person had a gun, and one was stripped of a weapon after a search and taken into custody. Police had made no mention of a second person with a gun.
The shooting took place just as the school day was beginning, officials said. The school year had been scheduled to end Wednesday.
Freshman Morgan Rose, 15, said she hunkered down in a locker room with another student and two teachers.
“It was scary in the moment. Now knowing everything’s OK I’m better,” she said.
Click here to read more.
SOURCE: USA Today
Natalie DiBlasio and John Bacon