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Shots Fired at Oregon High School

A teen gunman is dead  in a shooting at Reynolds High School outside Portland, Oregon on Tuesday morning according to the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office.

The road to Reynolds High School is blocked after news of a school shooting  in Troutdale, Oregon
The road to Reynolds High School is blocked after news of a school shooting in Troutdale, Oregon. (Natalie Behring/Getty Images)

After the shooting stopped, police spotted the suspect slumped on a toilet in a bathroom but couldn’t see what was happening with him.

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

Authorities have tentatively identified the gunman and the slain student, who was found in a locker room at Reynolds High School, but the names were being withheld until their families were notified, police Chief Scott Anderson said.

The teacher’s injuries weren’t life-threatening, and he was treated at the scene. He was identified as Todd Rispler, a 50-year-old physical education instructor and former track coach and quarterback at the school.

The Sheriff’s Office described the situation as “stabilized” shortly after 12 noon Eastern time and conducted a a room-by-room search of the school. The investigation into the shooting is ongoing and student backpacks are piled up outside the school. They will not be available to students until Wednesday.

Parents of Reynolds High School students console one another in a nearby parking lot after word of a school shooting  in Troutdale, Oregon
Parents of Reynolds High School students console one another in a nearby parking lot after word of a school shooting in Troutdale, Oregon (Natalie Behring/Getty Images)

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

Audio of the 911 dispatch indicates the shooting took place in a locker room where at least two people were shot.

Students are being taken to a nearby supermarket parking lot to meet their parents with their hands over their heads.  CNN reports it is the next-to-last day of class at RHS.

“This is a very tragic day, one that I hoped would never ever be part of my experience,” Reynolds School District Superintendent Linda Florence said to parents, students and media according to KOIN TV.  “Our kids were absolutely wonderful today at exiting the building.”

Reynolds High School is the second largest high school in Oregon with 2,800 students according to the Oregonian.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

 

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