A Student (not yet identified) of Reynolds High School in Troutdale, OR enters his school around 8:00 am with a rifle. He kills one student in the gymnasium and shoots a teacher wounding him as he chased him down the hall.
A student stated; “I heard these pops and I thought they were firecrackers, but then I saw a teacher run out with his side kind of bloody.”
According to an eye witness it is reported that the gunman fired several shots before running into a bathroom. A few minutes later, the shooter was “contained” by law enforcement and died at the scene. It is not yet known if he shot himself or was killed by law enforcement. The shooter was confirmed dead around 9:15 a.m. at the school.
Another student reported to police that when he entered the school a staff member told him there was a lockdown and got him into a closet where there were other students and six or seven staff members including the wounded teacher.
Some initial reports said there were multiple shooters, but those reports were false. Law enforcement confired a “lone gunman” and did report that during the evacuation process, a gun was found on one person.” That person was taken into custody.
Reynolds High School is the state’s second-largest high school with 2,800 students located in Troutdale, about 12 miles east of Portland. The city has a population of some 16,400 people.
Although, the Superintendent of the Troutdale School District, reportedly said she hoped this was a day that would never come to their suburb community of Portland.
In 2012 this same school, according to reports, where hundreds of students did not go to school after threats of violence spread on social media and law enforcement were unable to track down the threats.