One student was fatally shot and the gunman was found dead after Tuesday morning's shooting at Reynolds High School in Troutdale, Oregon. One teacher was injured but treated at the scene for minor injuries. Tuesday's shooting took place just one day before Summer vacation for the students begins
Troutdale Police Spokeswoman, Sue Strickland said the shooting occurred at about 8 a.m. PT on Tuesday morning at Reynolds High School in Troutdale, Oregon, about 12 miles east of Portland. Classes were in session at the time, Strickland said.
Strickland said the shooter was a male teen, however, could not confirm whether he was a student at the school.
"We are still checking the building," Strickland said. "We have about 40-50 units out there. We have several SWAT teams in the building right now and they are checking to make sure that they've got things under control. A semi-automatic weapon was used."
Data from Everytown for Gun Safety, a recently formed gun control advocacy group shows today's shooting at Reynolds High School as the74th school shooting since the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut that killed 20 children and six adults in December 2012.
Tuesday morning's shooting is the second incident at a U.S. school in less than a week. Last Thursday, a shooting on the campus of Seattle Pacific University in Seattle left a 19-year-old student dead and two others injured. Seattle police said the carnage almost certainly would have continued had another student, Jon Meis not acted by spraying pepper spray and tackled the shooter. Police identified the shooter as Aaron Ybarra, 26, of the north Seattle suburb of Mountlake Terrace.Ybarra is being held without bail and has been on suicide watch at King County Jail. A lawyer said Ybarra has a long history of mental problems.
Universities and schools have increasingly become the crime scene of a deadly mass shootings. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the FBI government have been forming partnerships with state and local police departments to develop prevention and enforcement programs to protect universities and schools across the United States.
Public safety experts argue that because there is no nationwide standard for measuring emergency response times when tragedy strikes, even in the best case scenario when emergency responders arrive on the scene within 5-7 minutes after a 911 call of an active shooter - the damage is done.
Michigan State Police's Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division Inspector, Gene Kapp recently said:
"Just as when you think ahead when you drive, you have to be prepared in life, at least giving thought as to what you would do. We don't want it to be a paranoid thing, but, unfortunately, we're seeing (mass shootings) all too often."
In mass shooting incidents, research suggests that the best survival plan may be simply thinking about what you would do if you encounter a mass shooter ahead of time.