Updated 4:36 p.m. E.T. on June 10
A lone shooter armed with a rifle opened fire at an Oregon high school Tuesday, police said, killing one student before the gunman was also killed. Police said later they believe the shooter may have taken his own life.
The Multnomah County Sheriff’s office confirmed the shooter’s death in an early Tuesday statement, saying the situation at Reynolds High School in Troutdale had “stabilized.” One teacher was treated at the scene for a non-life threatening injury, police said.
“This is a very tragic day, one that I had hoped would never ever be part of my experience,” Schools Superintendent Linda Florence said.
Police first received reports of gunfire at 8:07 am local time. Around 100 officers and emergency responders reported to the scene, KOIN 6 reports. Tactical units began a room-by-room evacuation of the building which had gone into lockdown shortly after the shots were fired. Pictures of armored SWAT vehicles parked outside the school cropped up on Twitter as multiple agencies, including the FBI, cordoned off the area.
“My heart is heavy after learning of this morning’s tragic events at Reynolds High School,” said Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber in a statement Tuesday. “Today Oregon hurts as we try to make sense of a senseless act of violence. Please keep students, staff, the extended Reynolds community and first responders in your thoughts and prayers.”
Local broadcaster KGW-TV showed footage of students leaving the building with their hands raised above their heads. Police said they were bussing the students to a nearby parking lot, where parents were told to meet the students.
Police said in a separate incident unconnected to the shooting they had found a gun on one of the evacuees, who was taken into custody.
About 2,800 students attend the school in Troutdale, an eastern suburb of Portland.