Portland police search for shooter after 4 wounded near high school

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PORTLAND (CNN) — Police searched Friday for a man suspected of shooting four young people near a high school in Portland, authorities said.

A 16-year-old girl was in a local hospital in critical condition and a 17-year-old boy and a 20-year-old man were in serious condition, said Portland police Sgt. Pete Simpson. A 19-year-old woman suffered a grazing wound in the shooting and was treated on the scene, he said.

The shooting happened about a quarter past noon not far from the Rosemary Anderson High School campus in north Portland.

After being shot, at least three victims ran inside a school building, reported CNN affiliate KOIN.

“I saw him stumble into the school holding his stomach, he said my brother’s name and then he fell on the ground,” one student told CNN affiliate KATU.

The suspect may be affiliated with a gang but it’s not known if the shooting was gang-related or “a personal beef,” Simpson said. The suspect was described as a male in his late teens or early 20s and he was accompanied by two other males in the same age range.

They left the area quickly on foot, Simpson said.

He said the police department’s gang task force was investigating. Agents from the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives also arrived to assist, he said.

The school system website says Rosemary Anderson High enrolls about 200 at-risk students who “have either been expelled or dropped out of public high school and many are homeless.”

All the shooting victims were students at the school or had taken job training or been enrolled in other programs there, Simpson said. The victims were breathing, conscious and talking as they were transported to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center, Simpson said.

The campus was locked down for a while but classes later resumed, Simpson said.

Nearby Jefferson High School and Portland Community College were locked down as police sought the shooter, authorities said, but the lockdown was lifted after a few hours.

A man who said he’s the pastor of one of the shooting victims told KOIN that the shooting was “heartbreaking.”

“The young man I know attends our church frequently who is, according to my understanding, not involved in any criminal activity, he is a bright young man,” said Jason Nelson of Cornerstone Community Church of God in Christ. “You hear about shootings every day and when it comes close to your school it’s heartbreaking.”

Another school shooting occurred about six months ago in the Portland area. One person was killed June 10 at Reynolds High School in Troutdale, about 12 miles east of Portland. One person was killed.



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  • sara

    Consider the demographics of that neighborhood (about 80% black) and this is not even a surprise. Blacks are very good at getting themselves shot, as we see over and over and over again.

    • Penny Dewey

      Really? You had to go the “Race” card?

      “All three victims, two boys and a girl, were conscious and breathing at the scene.” I know how to read, and there is Nothing, in all of this article, to suggest that these 3 kids, were Black. Or White. Or any other Color, for that matter.

      I’m going to make a polite suggestion, and request that you get your head out from under a rock and be silent until you can grow a Soul.

  • craig salisbury

    Sara brings up a valid point. Blacks ARE good (VERY good) at getting themselves shot. Shot by cops, shot by other blacks, by whites, by mexicans, by gangbangers, by homeowners – by anyone and everyone. See any common denominator there? (hint: who is getting shot?) Deny it if you want, but that just makes you look stupid (VERY stupid).

  • Kit

    If you go to the Portland TV web sites, they do describe the shooters and their ethnic background. It’s not on the scale of the white boy shooters; Adam Lanza, Eric David Harris, Dylan Bennet Klebold, Jared Lee Loughner or James Eagan Holmes event, just another small town thug with a gun. Sad.

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