2 dead, including gunman, in Ore. shooting: Police say shooter used rifle, likely killed himself

Student killed was Emilio Hoffman, 14

TROUTDALE, Ore. - Officials say a lone gunman armed with a rifle killed one student and injured a teacher at a high school near Portland before the shooter was found dead.

Troutdale Police Chief Scott Anderson said Tuesday authorities tentatively identified the gunman, but aren't ready at this point to release the name. They are in the process of notifying the family of the gunman.

Police said the shooter, a male teen, likely killed himself. Troutdale police said they found the suspect slumped on a toilet in a bathroom but couldn't see what was happening with him.

Police spokesman Sgt. Carey Kaer said police used a robot with a camera to investigate and discovered the suspect was dead and that he likely killed himself.

Anderson said 50-year-old Todd Rispler, a physical education instructor, suffered non-life threatening injuries and was treated at the scene.

According to police, Rispler initiated the school lockdown procedure.

According to ABC News, police identified the student killed in the shooting as 14-year-old Emilio Hoffman, who was a freshman at the school. Police said he was killed in the boys' locker room.

During the evacuation, another unrelated gun was found and one person was taken into custody.

The Multnomah County sheriff's office said there were reports of shots fired about 8 a.m. at Reynolds High School in Troutdale.

Students say they were told over the intercom there was a lockdown and to quietly go to their classrooms. Students were evacuated from the school, hands on their heads, and were reunited with their parents in a supermarket parking lot.

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.

Freshman Morgan Rose, 15, said she was 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.

SWAT teams went through the school room by room, KGW-TV reported.

The shooting follows a spate of recent attacks at or near school campuses.

On June 5, a 19-year-old man was killed and two other people wounded when a gunman opened fire in a building at Seattle Pacific University.

Troutdale is a small city of about 15,000 near the Columbia River, about 16 miles east of downtown Portland.

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