One person dies from injuries, suspect also dead, in Oregon school shooting

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PORTLAND —  A lone gunman opened fire at a high school near Portland, Oregon, early Tuesday, killing one student and forcing others to flee.

The suspected shooter is also dead, the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office said. It was not immediately clear how the gunman, who has not been identified, died.

About an hour after the shooting, Oregon State Police said the area was secure and the situation was contained.

“Today is a very tragic day for the city of Troutdale and Reynolds School District,” Troutdale Police Chief Scott Anderson told reporters. “I’m very, very sorry for the family, and for all the students, and everybody who will be impacted by this tragic incident.”

The shooting happened at about 8 a.m. (11 a.m. ET) at Reynolds High School in Troutdale, about 12 miles east of Portland, said Sue Strickland of the Troutdale Police Department.

Classes were in session at the time. It wasn’t clear whether anyone was injured, and details about what led to the shooting weren’t immediately available. The gunman is believed to have used a semiautomatic weapon.

A couple of SWAT teams responded, Strickland said.

Anxious parents waited for news that their children were safe. One couple, Craig Tuholski and Tawnjia Reimer, were talking with CNN affiliate KGW, about how agonizing the wait for news was, when Tuholski’s cell phone rang.

“Is that Chris?” Reimer asked before letting out a sigh of relief. “Oh, thank God.”

“That’s what we were waiting for,” Tuholski said after hanging up.

CNN first learned of the shooting through reports on Twitter.

“My thoughts and prayers are with students, staff and the Reynolds High School community during this difficult time,” said Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber.

Troutdale has a population of about 16,400 people.

Portland High School Shooting

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  • n_slash_a

    “The gunman is believed to have used a semiautomatic weapon.” Well, seeing as how the only people with a class 3 firearms license (which requires sign-off by the local sheriff) or members of a mexican drug cartel can obtain fully automatic weapons, it makes complete sense that a semi-automatic weapon was used. It is also believed that the gunman was wearing clothes.

    The real question is WHERE WERE THE ARMED SCHOOL SECURITY GUARDS? You know, the ones who enforce the no-guns policy. Or is the principle so incredibly stupid that he believes a maniac intent on mass murder will be stopped by a sticker?

    • Wayne

      The members of the Mexican drug cartel got those weapons from our government without background checks or anything, here ya go, you need one of these don’t you?

      Most schools have a main entrance that all the students have to use and it passes through or by the main office. Have a resource officer or members of the staff concealed or armed in some way… person walks in with the gun, put him down and go back about the school day. Flood the news with armed school staff dropping these low life pieces of * * * * and then these wanna be copy cat losers will stop.

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