- Reynolds High School, in Portland, Oregon went into lockdown after an active shooter situation was reported at 8:07am
- Shooting was reported in the locker room of the school gymnasium
- Victim has been identified as freshman student Emilio Hoffman
- Semi-automatic weapon reported to be used in attack carried out by current student
- Troutdale Police Department have confirmed that a student and the shooter are dead
- Gunman was found dead in bathroom after being surrounded by police
- Popular coach Todd Rispler was also injured in the shooting
- Despite being injured, Rispler rushed to the main office to initiate the school’s lockdown procedure
- Up to 100 local police units including SWAT arrived on the scene in addition to 20 medical personnel
- Large groups of students were ushered out of the school with their hands behind their heads
- Parents were told to wait for their children to arrive at a local supermarket parking lot while they were evacuated
- This is the 74th school shooting since the Sandy Hook massacre in December, 2012
A student has been shot dead and a popular teacher wounded after another student gunman reportedly armed with a semi-automatic rifle, dressed all in black wearing a bullet-proof vest and helmet opened fire in the gymnasium of Reynolds High School in Portland, Oregon.
The student killed in the incident has since been identified as freshman Emilio Hoffman, a family spokesman confirmed to KGW.
It’s still uncertain whether the unnamed shooter targeted Hoffman or if the ninth-grader just got into the now-deceased gunman’s path.
Classmates paid tribute to the fallen high-schooler on Twitter, who remembered him as an outgoing student who was an outstanding athlete. According to a roster posted on the school’s website, Hoffman played midfielder on the JV soccer team last fall.
Too young: The student killed in a school shooting in Portland, Oregon this morning has been identified as freshman Emilio Hoffman, a family spokesman has confirmed. The student pictured above in a picture from his Facebook.
Fallen friend: Classmates paid tribute to Hoffman on Facebook, remembering him for his friendship and soccer skills.
‘Wow I can’t believe that you are gone..RIP Emilio Hoffman. You were a great soccer player and a great friend. My prayers go out,’ one user wrote.
Reynolds soccer coach Allan Berry described Hoffman as a ‘nice,quiet young man’ and told the Oregonian he expected the 14-year-old to make the varsity team the next season.
‘I’m sure the boys will choose to make this season for him,’ Berry said.
Hoffman also played for a club team. Total Futbol Academy Barcelona-Oregon coach Randy Olson called Hoffman an ‘all-around good kid’ who was apart of their ‘soccer family.’
Supporters attend a candlelight vigil after a shooting at Reynolds High School in Troutdale, Oregon.
Friends, family and well-wishers hold candles for Emilio Hoffman, the victim of a school shooting.
According to his Facebook profile, Hoffman was in a relationship with girlfriend Alyssa Karm. In tweets posted after the shooting, Karm called Hoffman her first love.
‘#RIPEmilioHoffman I love you so much and I always will. You were my first kiss and the first guy I truly loved. I miss you so much.’
He also had a Twitter, and his last tweet was sent out at 7:20am – just minutes before the shooting – writing: ‘let’s just end school with a bunch of stressful test [sic] … yay..’
A candlelight vigil was held Tuesday night in Hoffman’s honor. A fund has since been set up to help the family pay for his funeral. As of early Wednesday, the GoFundMe page was already close to completing its $3,000 goal.
Last tweet: Hoffman tweeted just minutes before the shooting, writing ‘let’s just end school with a bunch of stressful test [sic]…yay..’ Pictured above in another photo from Facebook.
First love lost: young victim also had a girlfriend at the time of his death. She described Hoffman as her first love on Twitter.
Police SWAT teams rushed to school on the second to last day of classes after 911 calls came through shortly after 8 am (11 am ET) and cornered the gunman in the gym bathroom where he was found dead.
Police spokesman Sgt. Carey Kaer said that he likely killed himself and that they found the suspect slumped on a toilet.
Kaer explained that officers initially could not see what was happening with the suspect inside the cubicle and used a robot with a camera to investigate and confirmed he was dead.
Troutdale police said he likely took his own life and confirmed the shooter was in his teens and male.
Hoffman, the victim, was found shot dead in a separate men’s locker room.
Word of Hoffman’s death quickly spread to social media, which is how his 20-year-old cousin Alex Soriano found out about the shooting.
Soriano was at home at the time, and kept seeing his cousin’s name pop up on his feeds.
‘I was confused and I just blurred it out. My mom heard me. She came over and saw it. And then she dropped to her knees,’ he told the Oregonian.
Soriano says the family is devastated and still in shock over the death. The family has not released a statement yet.
Waiting for word: Family and friends of Reynolds High School students wait for word of their safety after a shooting at the school
Swift response: A teen gunman armed with a rifle shot and killed a student Tuesday and injured a teacher at a high school in a quiet Columbia River town in Oregon then likely killed himself, authorities said.
Thankful: Briannah Wilson, 21, (left), and her sister Brittanie Wilson, 19, (right), embrace while a family is reunited (right) after students arrived at shopping center parking lot in Wood Village, Oregon after today’s shooting at Reynolds High School
Sheer relief: A family embraces after being safely reunited after the high school shooting at Reynolds High School in Portland, Oregon.
Safety: Freshman Britani Iuliano, 15, embraces her mother Wendi Iuliano after students arrived at shopping center parking lot in Wood Village, Oregon after the shooting at Reynolds High School.
Frightened: Brandi Wilson, (left), and her daughter, Trisha Wilson, 15, (right), embrace Trish Hall, a mother waiting for her student, as students arrived at the Fred Meyer grocery store parking lot.
Registration: Students are checked off by staff as they arrive by bus to meet their parents at the Fred Meyer grocery store parking lot.
Armed response: A police officer stands guard as students arrived by bus at a shopping center parking lot nearby to Reynolds High School.
Communication: A sheriff’s officer speaks in this radio after a shooting at Reynolds High School Tuesday, June 10, 2014, in Troutdale, Oregon
As the emergency unfolded, frantic parents – some still wearing pajamas – arrived at the school gates after hearing about the incident at a first-period gym class on morning local news.
‘I’m very, very sorry for the family and for everybody who has been impacted by this tragic incident,’ Troutdale Police Chief Scott Anderson said at a 10am press conference.
The Multnomah County sheriff’s office confirmed they first received 911 calls for shots fired about 8 am at Reynolds High School in Troutdale.
Authorities have tentatively identified the gunman but weren’t ready to release the name, Anderson said, as they were in the process of notifying his family
HEROIC PE TEACHER SHOT BY GUNMAN RAN TO MAIN OFFICE TO WARN THE REST OF THE SCHOOL
A heroic physical education teacher injured in Tuesday’s shooting at Reynolds High School saved lives by rushing to the main office and initiating a lockdown procedure, Troutdale Police confirmed.
A bullet grazed PE teacher Todd Rispler’s hip in the morning incident, but he is expected to make a full recovering.
‘They just stitched him up,” brother-in-law Jeff Nelson told the Oregonian. ‘I don’t think any bones were hit. It’s a blessing.’
Hero: Reynolds High School coach Todd Rispler (pictured with ex-student Billie Jean Brown, right, and her friend) was wounded by the gunman today in Portland, Oregon but is expected to make a full recovery
Rispler has been described as a beloved teacher and former athletics coach at the school, his alma mater.
His students have since taken to Twitter to thank him for his selfless act.
‘Rispler’s a hero. Ran to the office after getting shot to get the school on lockdown’ one student wrote.
Rispler and his three siblings grew up in the area and all attended Reynolds where Todd was the star quarterback during his freshman year.
‘Rispler deserve a medal,’ one student wrote
‘He was being looked at by every major university. He was going to be all-American,’ Nelson said.
However, his career came to an end after a head-on collision with a line backer that sent him to the hospital and nearly paralyzed him.
After that injury, Rispler set his sights on becoming a teacher and coach.
He went on to get a masters of education from Portland State University before returning home to Reynolds where he currently teaches PE and has coached basketball, football and track. He was even voted state track coach of the year once.
‘He loves to coach kids,’Rispler’s older brother Bob said. ‘He’s very encouraging. He’s technically astute. He has a great rapport with kids.’
Rispler lives nearby with his wife and their two daughters, who are middle and high school age in the Gresham School District.
Anderson said two on-campus police officers were the first to respond to reports of a shooter. He said they and a tactical team sent to the school ‘brought this to a conclusion.’ Anderson did not say how the shooter died.
Eyewitnesses who say they saw the gunman said they did not recognize him, but sources have told CNN that the shooter was a current student.
Anderson said coach Todd Rispler suffered non-life threatening injuries and was treated at the scene.
Despite being injured, it was Rispler who initiated the school’s lockdown procedure by making his way to the main office to warn the rest of the school about the active shooter situation.
Nikki Vance, a mother of one junior at the school, said Rispler has been at the school since at least 1999.
She said he is a great coach. ‘He is one of those coaches that encourages and takes real pride in his students,’ she said to OregonLive. ‘I don’t know anyone who doesn’t like Todd.’
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Stress: Parents wait at the Fred Meyer grocery store parking lot after a gunman killed a student at Reynolds High School in Portland, Oregon.
Safe: A student is kissed (left) while a mom and daughter embrace after being returned to each other.
Assistance: A police officer lifts up police tape as students are arrive by bus to meet their parents at the Fred Meyer grocery store parking lot.
Tearful: Students are arrive by bus to meet their parents after the shooting at Reynolds High School on Tuesday.
Returned: Students try to communicate and locate their family while waiting on a school bus as they arrived at a shopping center parking lot.
Going home: A family embraces after the shooting at Reynolds High School on Tuesday.
Hold-on: Parents wait anxiously to see their children as they are evacuated from Reynolds High School in Portland, Oregon.
During the evacuation, another unrelated gun was found and one person was taken into custody.
Anderson stressed that this was a ‘lone gunman’ situation but did say that, unrelated to the shooting, ‘during the evacuation process, a gun was found on one person.’ That person was taken into custody.
Students described a terrifying situation in which they were told over the intercom first thing in the morning there was a lockdown and to quietly go to their classrooms.
The high school students were later evacuated from the school, hands on their heads, to be reunited with their relieved parents in a supermarket parking lot.
Freshman Morgan Rose, 15, said she hunkered down in a locker room with another student and two teachers.
‘It was scary in the moment. Now knowing everything’s OK, I’m better,’ she said.
Another shooting: Parents have been told to stay away from the school but have been gathered in a parking lot in order to retrieve their children from the school once the situation is handled
Response: Armed vehicles of Multnomah County sheriff’s department respond to Reynolds High School
Traumatic: Family and friends of Reynolds High School students wait for word of their safety after a shooting at the school.
Waiting: Worried parents and friends were forced to wait for news of their loved ones as the school was systematically evacuated after the shooting.
Emergency: Police officers respond to a shooting at Reynolds High School after agunman killed a student at the high school east of Portland on Tuesday.
Freshman Daniel DeLong, 15, said while waiting after the shooting that he saw a physical education teacher at the school with a bloodied shirt.
‘I’m a little shaken up,’ DeLong said. ‘I’m just worried.’
He said he was texting friends to make sure they were all OK.
‘It just, like, happened so fast, you know?’ he said.
‘WE SHOULD BE ASHAMED’: PRESIDENT OBAMA CALLS FOR TIGHTENED GUN CONTROL IN WAKE OF LATEST SCHOOL SHOOTING
President Obama voiced his frustration after learning about yet another school shooting on Tuesday – the 74th since the Sandy Hook massacre of December 2012.
While the president usually issues a statement after such tragedies, he became more vocal yesterday in a live Tumblr forum broadcast from the White House, calling the national problem something we should be ‘ashamed’ of.
Mr Obama called school shootings the single most troubling problem of his presidency, since it is an issue he was worked hard to resolve to no avail.
Not again: Mr Obama said the rise in school shootings was one of the most frustrating problems of his presidency, in a Tumblr forum broadcast from the White House.
‘My biggest frustration so far is the fact that this society has not been willing to take some basic steps to keep guns out of the hands of people who can do just unbelievable damage,’ he said.
‘We’re the only developed country on Earth where this happens. And it happens now once a week. And it’s a one-day story. There’s no place else like this.’
President Obama said the problem is unlikely to change until there is a shift in the public opinion and Congress is brave enough to stand up to the NRA. It’s an issue the country needs to do some ‘soul searching’ on, he said.
‘Right now, it’s not even possible to get even the mildest restrictions through Congress, and we should be ashamed of that,’ he said.
As a father, President Obama says he finds the shootings extremely terrifying and that he identifies with the parents who lose their children in such random acts of violence.
He restated his respect for the second amendment right to bare arms, but thinks there should be required background checks on gun buyers.
Mr Obama also addressed the argument that these shootings are a mental health and not a weapons issue.
‘The United States does not have a monopoly on crazy people. It’s not the only country that has psychosis.’
He says the difference is that Americans have the ability to stock up on weapons and ammunition.
SWAT teams went through the school room by room, KGW reported before students were evacuated on buses.
‘We are still checking the building,’ Sue Strickland, police records specialist for the Troutdale police, told USA TODAY.
‘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.’
Briefing: Police instruct family members on where to pickup students.
Fears: A person wipes away tears as they await to hear about the safety of students after the shooting
According to OregonLive, Eleventh-grade student Paul Csea was sat in the cafeteria on Tuesday morning when the lockdown alert went out.
‘We thought it was fake because we never heard of anything like this,’ Csea said.
‘Every one thought it was a joke.’
One student, Savannah Bottenfield, 16, told the LA Times she was in the arts department bathroom when a girl rushed in and said they were on lockdown.
Suddenly a teacher burst in and barricaded the door with a trash can because the door didn’t have a lock.
‘We had to be quiet, and the doors to the arts building and the bathroom were unlocked, so I felt really scared and very unsafe because I knew there would be nothing we could do if someone walked in the building,’ Bottenfield wrote in an email to the Los Angeles Times.
‘I sat there for over an hour and a half listening to sirens nonstop in fear because we didn’t know what was going on or if our friends were safe.’
Anxious: Parents wait behind police tape for students from Reynolds High School to arrive by bus in Troutdale, Oregon June 10, 2014.
Meeting point: People gather at Fred Meyer grocery store t in Wood Village, where they will be able to pick up their children after the school shooting.
Texting: Police rope off the scene of a shooting outside Reynolds High School as friends, family and loved ones wait to be reunited with students.
Police set up tape around the area and were not allowing people to pass through. Fire trucks arrived on the scene.
DEADLY 18 MONTHS: OREGON SHOOTING IS 74th IN THE US SINCE SANDY HOOK
Ever since 20 school children were shot dead by Adam Lanza on December 15, 2012, at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, there have been 74 shootings at schools in the United States.
According to data compiled by Everytown for Gun Safety that is an average of 1.37 school shootings for every school week since that tragic day.
This startling statistic is based on the fact that an average school year typically lasts 180 days.
This means that in the 18 months since Sandy Hook there have been approximately 270 days, or 54 weeks of school in attendance since that day.
With Oregon as the 74th incident since, the United States averages just over one shooting per school week.
Furthermore, the Everytown for Gun Safety data shows that the shootings have occurred across the country, from east to west.
In total, 31 states have suffered gun violence at schools and Georgia has endured the most, with 10 instances.
Other notable incidences have happened seven times in Florida, five in Tennessee, four in North Carolina and four in California.
The vast majority of shootings have occurred at High School, with the rest happening at colleges.
One student tweeted that as the school went into lockdown a number of police officers were seen racing towards the school’s gymnasium just after 8am.
Initial reports were that one teacher and one student have been shot, and Toutdale Police Department confirmed that one student was killed in the early morning incident.
Local Portland news channel KGW named the teacher injured as Todd Rispler.
One student interviewed at 10:30am (PST) made the suggestion there could have been more than one shooter inside the school, though police have confirmed there were no additional gunman.
It was later reported this came about after one student was found to have brought a firearm to school, but had no involvement in the fatal shooting attack.
‘Every officer we have is out on that call,’ a spokeswoman for the Troutdale Police Department told the Los Angeles Times in the immediate aftermath of the 911 calls.
County schools superintendent Linda Florence said that the ‘tragic’ day was ‘one that I had hoped would never ever have to be part of my experience’.
‘Our kids were absolutely wonderful today at exiting the building,’ she said.
Parents told OregonLive they were told by police that the incident occurred during first period gym class.
According to OregonLive, one student said the shooting took place in the gymnasium locker room and that Rispler was taken out on a stretcher.
Jacob Saldaña, 16, a junior, told The LA Times he saw a teacher who had apparently been shot and ‘skimmed’ in the hip, but who was not seriously wounded.
Reunited: Students leave buses to be reunited with their parents after a shooting at Reynolds High School.
Another shooting: Police in Oregon say a gunman fatally shot a student at a high school near Portland.
Not a drill: Police lined the students up in the parking lot of Reynolds High School outside of Portland, Oregon after a shooting was reported with injuries but no fatalities
Saldaña said he was walking to class as normal when a secretary grabbed him and pulled him into an office to hide.
He thought it was a drill, but realized it was real when the secretary kept him away from the windows.
‘When I got into the room and I saw one of the teachers had a wound, I knew this was not a joke, it was real,’ Saldaña said to the LA Times, adding, ‘He was definitely bleeding … [But] he was really strong for somebody who had a wound, he was kind of walking it off.’
Earlier on Tuesday morning, the Multnomah Sheriff confirmed there had been another shooting incident in the halls of America’s schools.
‘At 8:07 a.m. this morning, police responded to Reynolds High School on the report of shots fired at the school,’ said a statement from the sheriff’s office.
‘Multiple agencies responded and tactical teams are currently evacuating students and staff. The situation is stabilized, the shooter is confirmed deceased.’
Students on lockdown inside Reynolds High School took to Twitter to update in real time the terror of a live shooting incident unfolding. The frightening tweets reveal how the students reacted after the heavily armed gunman opened fire shortly after 8am (PT)
Troutdale mayor Doug Daoust told CNN that the situation was still ongoing just over an hour after the first call of a shooter was reported.
‘They’re evacuating students who were in lockdown, one room at a time,’ he said at 9.30am local time.
‘We do have a huge police presence.’
A local Fox News reporter said that a member of the forensics team asked to look for evidence around her TV truck because they found an unused shotgun shell.
Tuesday’s shooting marks the 74th shooting since the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December 2012 in Connecticut
That frequency means that it marks an average of four school shootings across the United States per month during the past year and a half.
End of school: The incident was reported shortly after 8am this morning, which was scheduled as the second-to-last day of school at Reynolds High School
The Oregon violence came less than a week after a gunman opened fire on a college campus in neighboring Washington state, killing a 19-year-old man and wounding two others. It follows a string of mass shootings that have disturbed the nation, including one on Sunday in Nevada that left two Las Vegas police officers and a civilian dead.
The Tuesday shooting was the first fatal school shooting in Oregon since May 1998 when 15-year-old Kip Kinkel killed two students and wounded 25 others at Thurston High School in Springfield near Eugene. He killed his parents prior to the attack and is serving a 111-year prison sentence.
Reynolds is the second-largest high school in Oregon, with about 2,800 students. Its students come from several communities.
End of school: The incident was reported shortly after 8am this morning, which was scheduled as the second-to-last day of school at Reynolds High School.