Another school shooting has been reported. This time it is in Oregon outside Portland early Tuesday morning. The shooting happened at about 8 a.m. PT at Reynolds High School in Troutdale, about 12 miles east of Portland, said Sue Strickland of the Troutdale Police Department. According to sources the gunman is dead as is a student. Troutdale police Chief Scott Anderson recently announced that "The student has died. I'm very, very sorry for the family.” Authorities are now busy reuniting students with their families. Dozens of police and medics were on the scene, and crews were moving from room to room inside the building to make sure no other shooters were involved. CNN reports that a semi-automatic weapon was used. www.cnn.com
Police officers in helmets and tactical gear, like SWAT officers, were seen leaving armored vehicles and running near the school’s perimeter with long rifles. Students were seen streaming out of the school with their hands raised. Social media such as Twitter, has been on fire over the incident with one student tweeting that the school is in lockdown and a number of police cars have rolled up. A second student has tweeted that she heard gunfire. A third reported a police officer racing toward the school's gymnasium. Troutdale Police Chief Scott Anderson called the shooting “a very tragic day for the city of Troutdale and the Reynolds School District.”www.koin.com
Reynolds School Superintendent Linda Florence said at the press conference, “This is a very, very tragic day and one that I had hoped would never be part of my experience.” She said the school would release more details through a press release. Sheriff's office spokesman Steve Alexander stated at a news conference that the “shooter entered the high school and shot and killed a student. The shooter is also dead, though there is no detail on how the shooter died.
This school shooting has become the 74th shooting since the Newtown, Connecticut School shooting in December of 2012.Since the beginning of this calendar year there has been 13, including last week’s shooting at Seattle Pacific University. Shannon Watts, Founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America released a statement today that said in part, “Once again, our hearts are broken to learn of another school shooting, this time at Reynolds High School in Troutdale, Oregon. She continued, “Today we are keeping the Reynolds students, faculty, parents, first responders and Troutdale community in our thoughts and prayers” www.momsdemandaction.org
Troutdale is a quiet tourist town of 15,000 near the Columbia River, about 16 miles east of downtown Portland.