TROUTDALE, Ore. (KOIN 6) — A gunman and one Reynolds High School student are confirmed dead following a Tuesday morning shooting inside the Troutdale school.
Troutdale Police Chief Scott Anderson said during a noon update that law enforcement officials had tentatively identified the shooter, but were “not confident enough” to release a name or whether he was a student at the high school.
The victim killed in the shooting was also not identified.
Reynolds school teacher Todd Rispler was grazed by a bullet in the hip while teaching a weight lifting class, and was treated at the scene.
One student in the gymnasium at the time of the shooting said she saw a person run out of the locker room and heard gunfire.
“Somebody started running from the locker room. We heard a few shots,” she said. “It was unbelievable.”
A senior law enforcement official confirmed the shooter was likely armed with a rifle. Police were first alerted to the shooting just after 8 a.m.
A great deal of confusion surrounding a possible second shooter was made at least a bit more clear by Anderson’s update. The police chief said during the evacuation authorities found a student in possession of a gun, but twice emphasized it was “unrelated to this incident.”
That student, Anderson said, was taken into custody.
Another student, Tate Blaylock, said at one point the shooter had been in the same room with him. Blaylock said he witnessed the suspected shooter, a male who was not covering his face, but didn’t recognize him.
He also saw the student found with a gun getting arrested.
“He was sitting there like a normal kid,” Blaylock said.
“This is a very tragic day, one that I hoped would never ever be part of my experience,” Reynolds School District Superintendent Linda Florence said to parents, students and media. “Our kids were absolutely wonderful today at exiting the building.”
Anderson echoed the sentiment, calling the shooting “a very tragic day for the city of Troutdale and the Reynolds School District.”
“I’m very, very sorry for the family and for the students and anyone who will be impacted,” Anderson said.
Around 100 law enforcement officers, tactical teams and medical personnel are in the process of evacuating students and staff.
Parents are being asked to reunite with their children at the Wood Village Fred Meyer at NE 223rd and NE Glisan, not the Safeway location initially given.
The students began boarding TriMet buses in groups of around 30 at a time around 9:30 a.m., being systemically marked off a list and handed over to parents or guardians upon arriving to the parking lot. The evacuations ended just after 1 p.m.
About 2,800 students attend the school, one of the largest in the state. Wednesday was supposed to be the final day of the school year, and seniors are thought to have already been finished with classes.
Afternoon kindergarten is canceled at Sweetbriar and Woodland and Troutdale. All evening events at all Reynolds School District facilities except for the Reynolds Learning Academy graduation.
Following the shooting, investigators set up a tip line — 503.250.7943 — in hopes of learning more about the shooter’s timeline and motive.