Police: Teen gunman in Oregon likely died from self-inflicted wounds
TROUTDALE, Ore. (AP) -- A gunman killed a student at a high school east of Portland Tuesday and the shooter is also dead, police said.
"The student has died. I’m very, very sorry for the family," Troutdale Police Chief Scott Anderson said.
Authorities said a teacher was also wounded in the incident.
The Multnomah County sheriff’s office said there were reports of shots fired about 8 a.m. at Reynolds High School in Troutdale.
Students say they were told over the intercom there was a lockdown and to quietly go to their classrooms.
Students were then evacuated from the school, hands on their heads, to be reunited with their parents in a supermarket parking lot.
Police say a the male teenage gunman was found dead in a school bathroom and likely killed himself.
Troutdale police said they found the suspect slumped on a toilet in the bathroom but couldn’t see what was happening with him.
Police spokesman Sgt. Carey Kaer said police used a robot with a camera to investigate and discovered the suspect was dead.
Freshman Daniel DeLong, 15, said while waiting after the shooting that he saw a physical education teacher at the school with a bloodied shirt.
"I’m a little shaken up," DeLong said. "I’m just worried."
He said he was texting friends to make sure they were all OK.
"It just, like, happened so fast, you know?" he said.
Freshman Morgan Rose, 15, said she was 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.
The shooting follows a spate of recent attacks at or near school campuses.
On June 5, a 19-year-old man was killed and two other people wounded when a gunman opened fire in a building at Seattle Pacific University.
Troutdale is a quiet tourist town of 15,000 near the Columbia River, about 16 miles east of downtown Portland.