A teen gunman walked into an Oregon high school gym with a rifle and shot a student to death on Tuesday before he was found dead in a bathroom stall, in the third outbreak of gun violence to shake a U.S. high school or college campus in less than three weeks. Authorities identified the victim as 14-year-old high school freshman Emilio Hoffman. Gym teacher and track coach Todd Rispler was grazed by a bullet but made his way to the school’s office to initiate the lockdown, possibly saving lives. Reynolds High School in the Portland suburb of Troutdale was immediately locked down, then evacuated room by room, as law enforcement officials converged on the campus of 2,800 students.
A gunman entered the high school this morning, shot one student. Unfortunately, that student has died. The gunman was located and the gunman is also deceased.
Scott Anderson, police chief
President Barack Obama expressed deep frustration on Tuesday at the inability of Washington lawmakers to tighten gun control measures in the wake of U.S. shootings. He said the failure to expand background checks on firearms sales was his “biggest frustration” as president.
The country has to do some soul searching about this. This is becoming the norm and we take it for granted in ways that, as a parent, are terrifying to me.
President Barack Obama