Student killed, gunman dead in shooting at Oregon high school
TROUTDALE, Ore. - Police say a lone gunman armed with a rifle opened fire at Reynolds High School on Tuesday morning, killing one student and injuring a teacher.
The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office said the gunman is also dead and the situation has stabilized. Authorities have not said how the gunman died.
Multiple students told KATU that physical education teacher Todd Rispler was grazed by a bullet, but was still able to walk. Police said a teacher was injured during the shooting, but did not release the teacher's name. The teacher's injuries were not life-threatening, police said.
"Today is a very tragic day for the city of Troutdale and the Reynolds School District," said Troutdale Police Chief Scott Anderson. "The student has died. I'm very, very sorry for the family."
The names of the shooter and the victim have not been released. Anderson said both individuals have been identified, but their names will not be released until their families are notified.
Police confirmed that there was only one shooter, contrary to earlier reports that there were more.
During the school evacuation, police found a gun while searching another person, and took that individual into custody. Police said that person was not involved in the shooting.
Police from multiple agencies responded to a report of an active shooter at Reynolds High School just after 8 a.m. A SWAT team and FBI agents also arrived at the school.
A LifeFlight helicopter landed at the school and a large number of police officers were surrounding the building with guns drawn. LifeFlight dispatchers said the helicopter did not take anyone to a hospital and was cleared to leave.
At 9:15 a.m., the sheriff's office said the situation had stabilized and the shooter was dead. Tactical teams were evacuating students and staff.
Large groups of students were ushered out of the school with their hands behind their heads.
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.
Freshman Daniel DeLong, 15, said after the shooting that he saw a physical education teacher at the school with a bloodied shirt.
Wednesday is the last day of school at Reynolds High School.
"There are no words to fully express our sorrow over the shooting at Reynolds High School," Portland Mayor Charlie Hales said in a statement. "We want the students, the parents and the educators - in fact, the whole community - to know that they are in our hearts and our prayers today."
"There will be several days of healing given to the students and staff and anyone impacted by this tragedy," said Anderson.
Troutdale police set up a tip line. They're asking anyone with information about the shooting to call 503-250-7943.
Parents reuniting with students
Authorities say they're now focusing on reuniting students with their parents.
Parents are asked to reunite with their students at the Wood Village Fred Meyer, located at N.E. 223rd and N.E. Glisan Street. All other people are asked to stay away from the area.
A large crowd of parents waited for students to arrive on TriMet buses. The process could take several hours. Officers announced names of students and their parents came forward to claim them.
Vigil planned for victims
A prayer vigil for the shooting victims is planned for 7:30 p.m. Tuesday night at the Greater Portland Baptist Church, located at 17800 SE Main Street in Portland.
More resources for those affected
Crisis counselors will be available at Mount Hood Community College for anyone who needs to talk with someone about the shooting. They will be in the gym, located at 26000 SE Stark Street, from 1-9 p.m. on Tuesday, and from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday.
Anyone who needs to talk to someone about the shooting may also call Multnomah County crisis help line at (503) 988-4888.
This breaking news story will be updated.
Video: First media briefing at about 10 a.m. Police announce a student was killed and the shooter was dead: