Student, gunman dead at Oregon high school


by Michael Rollins, Staff

Posted on June 10, 2014 at 1:32 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jun 10 at 5:09 PM

TROUTDALE -- Police responded shortly after 8 a.m. to a report of shots fired at Reynolds High School. Police confirmed about 9:20 a.m. that a shooter in the incident was dead.

At 10 a.m., police confirmed that one student had also been killed. The students names and genders have not been released.

A track coach, Todd Rispler, suffered a graze wound to the hip in the incident.

SWAT teams were working their way through the school, releasing students from classrooms who are leaving with their hands over their heads.

Video: Reynolds students evacuated

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Parents have been told the go to the Wood Village Fred Meyer where students will be sent by bus. This may take until noon. Students will be released one at a time, in an unspecified processing system. They were reunited with their children starting at about 10:20.

"Raise your hand if you see your kid," said Lt. Steve Alexander of the Multnomah County sheriff's office. "We'll get you to them."

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A mother in the Fred Meyer parking lot said she would give her child a hug. When she learned that a student had been killed, she paused and said quietly "I don't want to know who it is."

A student just reunited with his mother told KGW "it feels good to be back with her." He described a chaotic scene in the school with "people screaming. No one knew what was going on. We all went to the back of the classroom."

His mother told KGW she learned of the shooting on the news and knew nothing else. "I am so glad to see him."

A parent, Dawn, told KGW earlier in the morning  that her son Josiah was safe, but knew nothing of the situation.

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"I just heard he was okay but he doesn't know what's going on. I just want to see him to make sure he's okay. To personally see him. I'm scared. I just don't know what to do. I didn't know where to go. I just came here. Some people got texts. Some didn't. So we just wait."

Later in the morning, she learned her son was safe and standing in a parking lot awaiting what to do next. "He sounded like a 15-year-old."

LIfeflight had  landed near the school and staged for some time before leaving without a patient.

A number of emergency vehicles  staged near the school. A significant number of officers  arrived and surround the school. A Multnomah County sheriff's office spokesman confirmed the response was for an active shooter.

A student tweeted that the school was 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 towards the school's gymnasium.