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Oregon school shooting: Gunman dead; victim was 14-year-old Emilio Hoffman

A Reynolds High School student is reunited with her parents after a shooting at her school June 10, 2014 in Troutdale, Oregon. Authorities said one student was fatally shot and the gunman was found dead at an Oregon high school.
A Reynolds High School student is reunited with her parents after a shooting at her school June 10, 2014 in Troutdale, Oregon. Authorities said one student was fatally shot and the gunman was found dead at an Oregon high school.
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A Reynolds High School student is reunited with her parents after a shooting at her school June 10, 2014 in Troutdale, Oregon. Authorities said one student was fatally shot and the gunman was found dead at an Oregon high school.
A Reynolds High School student is reunited with his mother after a shooting at her school June 10, 2014 in Troutdale, Oregon. Authorities said one student was fatally shot and the gunman was found dead at an Oregon high school.
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A Reynolds High School student is reunited with her parents after a shooting at her school June 10, 2014 in Troutdale, Oregon. Authorities said one student was fatally shot and the gunman was found dead at an Oregon high school.
A Reynolds High School student is reunited with her mother after a shooting at her school June 10, 2014 in Troutdale, Oregon.
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A Reynolds High School student is reunited with her parents after a shooting at her school June 10, 2014 in Troutdale, Oregon. Authorities said one student was fatally shot and the gunman was found dead at an Oregon high school.
The road to Reynolds High School is blocked after news of a school shooting June 10, 2014 in Troutdale, Oregon. Authorities said one student was fatally shot and the gunman was found dead at an Oregon high school.
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A Reynolds High School student is reunited with her parents after a shooting at her school June 10, 2014 in Troutdale, Oregon. Authorities said one student was fatally shot and the gunman was found dead at an Oregon high school.
Parents of Reynolds High School students wait to be reunited with their children after a school shooting June 10, 2014 in Troutdale, Oregon. Authorities said one student was fatally shot and the gunman was found dead at an Oregon high school.
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A Reynolds High School student is reunited with her parents after a shooting at her school June 10, 2014 in Troutdale, Oregon. Authorities said one student was fatally shot and the gunman was found dead at an Oregon high school.
The parents of a Reynolds High School student rush forwards to be reunited with their student after a school shooting June 10, 2014 in Troutdale, Oregon.
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A Reynolds High School student is reunited with her parents after a shooting at her school June 10, 2014 in Troutdale, Oregon. Authorities said one student was fatally shot and the gunman was found dead at an Oregon high school.
The mother of a reynolds High School student tries to reach her child via cell phone after a shooting at her school June 10, 2014 in Troutdale, Oregon. Authorities said one student was fatally shot and the gunman was found dead at an Oregon high school.
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A Reynolds High School student is reunited with her parents after a shooting at her school June 10, 2014 in Troutdale, Oregon. Authorities said one student was fatally shot and the gunman was found dead at an Oregon high school.
A family reacts as they await the arrival of Reynolds High School student after a shooting at her school June 10, 2014 in Troutdale, Oregon. Authorities said one student was fatally shot and the gunman was found dead at an Oregon high school.
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Police in Oregon say a gunman fatally shot a student on Tuesday morning at Reynolds High School in Troutdale, a town near Portland. Authorities said the suspect, who was found dead in a school bathroom, likely killed himself. A teacher was also wounded.

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Update 5:25 p.m. Police ID victim of Oregon shooting as 14-year-old

A teen gunman armed with a rifle shot and killed a student Tuesday and injured a teacher before he likely killed himself at a high school in a quiet Columbia River town in Oregon, authorities said.

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

The victim was identified a 14-year-old freshman Emilio Hoffman, who was "loved by all," police Chief Scott Anderson said at a Tuesday news conference. He said Emilio was found in the boys' locker room.

Authorities have tentatively identified the gunman but his name is being withheld until his family is notified, 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.

Anderson said Rispler went to the office and initiated the school lockdown procedure.

The attack panicked students after a lockdown was ordered and they were told to go quietly to their classrooms.

Anderson said two on-campus police officers were the first to respond to reports of a shooting. The officers and a tactical team sent to the school "brought this to a conclusion," the chief said, without elaborating.

Anderson said he was sorry for the family of the slain student. "Today is a very tragic day for the city of Troutdale," the chief said.

Gov. John Kitzhaber added in a statement: "Oregon hurts as we try to make sense of a senseless act of violence."

The first reports of shots fired came at 8 a.m. on the next-to-last-day of classes. Police initially seemed uncertain about whether there was a live shooter in the school.

Students were eventually led from the school with hands up or on their heads. Parents and students were reunited in a supermarket parking lot.

Mandy Johnson said her daughter called from a friend's phone.

"I thank God that she's safe," said Johnson, who has three younger children. "I don't want to send my kids to school anymore."

The Reynolds School District issued a statement mourning the loss of one of its students.

Reynolds is the second-largest high school in Oregon, with about 2,800 students. The school is about 15 miles from Portland and its students come from several communities.

During the evacuation of the school, authorities found another student with a gun and he was taken into custody. That weapon and arrest were not related to the shooting, Anderson said.

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.

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2:12 p.m.: Police: Teen gunman in Oregon likely killed self

Police say a teenage gunman who killed a student at an Oregon high school and wounded a teacher was found dead in a school bathroom and likely killed himself.

Troutdale police said Tuesday 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 at Reynolds High School in Troutsdale.

Kaer also said the shooter is a male teen.

10:23 a.m.: Gunman dead, 1 student killed, police say

Police in Oregon say a gunman fatally shot a student at a high school near Portland.

Authorities said Tuesday the suspect also was dead and the situation is stabilized.

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

Authorities say they're now focusing on reuniting students with their parents.

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, to be 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 were going through the school room by room, KGW-TV reported.

Police set up tape around the area and were not allowing people to pass through. Fire trucks were on the scene.

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.

9:33 a.m.: Deputy: Suspect dead in shooting at Oregon school

Authorities say a shooter is dead at a high school in the Portland,Oregon, area, and the situation is stabilized.

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

Students were evacuated from the school, hands on their heads, to be reunited with their parents in a supermarket parking lot.

9:13 a.m.: Gunfire reported at Portland-area high school

Police rushed to a Portland-area high school following reports of gunfire.

Police responded Tuesday to reports of a shooting at Reynolds High School in Troutdale shortly after 8 a.m.

The school was in lockdown.

TV news showed students being led from the school with their hands on their heads.