A gunman carrying a rifle opened fire and killed a student at Reynolds High School on Tuesday, and Troutdale police confirmed the gunman himself is also dead.
Multiple students told FOX 12 they heard at least two gunshots near the main gym around 8 a.m.
The victim was identified by a family spokesman as Emilio Hoffman. Police then confirmed that the 14-year-old freshman was the shooting victim.
Troutdale Police Chief Scott Anderson said he spoke to the boy’s parents.
“I can tell you how devastated they are by this news,” Anderson said. “They want you to know Emilio was a great kid and loved by all.”
Officials said a teacher, who students and neighbors identified as P.E. teacher Todd Rispler, was grazed by a bullet. He was treated at the scene.
“Despite being injured, he made his way to the office and started the school lockdown procedure,” Anderson said of Rispler.
The shooter has not been identified by police and his cause of death has not been revealed. Police said Emilio’s body was found in the boys locker room, while the shooter’s body was found in a different restroom.
Law enforcement agencies first responded to reports of an active shooter at the school at 8:07 a.m., and when they arrived, they evacuated the school of all students and staff.
The situation was then “stabilized” and police confirmed the shooter had died. Police said two school resource officers and a tactical team “brought this to a conclusion.” Despite the all clear, a school lockdown persisted for hours afterward.
There’s no word yet on the gunman’s motive, and police haven’t said whether he is a student at the school, despite deputies tentatively identifying him. Investigators believe he entered the building that house’s the school’s gymnasium, which is a detached building from the school.
“This is a tragic day, one I hoped that would never, ever be part of my experience,” said Superintendent Linda Florence.
Troutdale Mayor Doug Daoust said it has been “a very unsettling day for our city.”
“I really want to say that I’m very impressed with how the police handled this whole operation,” he said. “My heart goes out to all the families.”