A 14-year-old freshman named Emilio Hoffman was killed and a teacher was wounded in a shooting at Reynolds High School in Troutdale, Oregon, on Tuesday morning. The unidentified gunman killed himself in a school bathroom. The shooter, who was apparently a former student at the school, took the bus and then entered the gymnasium, opening fire in the locker room, killing Hoffman and injuring a teacher. "Emilio's family wants you to know he was a great kid, he was loved by all," Police Chief Scott Anderson told a press conference. "I can tell you how devastated they are."
Police say the wounded teacher, Todd Rispler, managed to get to the office to initiate the lockdown despite his injuries. One student texted: “Happened in the gym. u could hear shots from outsdode, 2 minutes later lockdown.” Reynolds is the second-largest high school in the state, with 2,800 students. It will be shut down until further notice.
Speaking at the White House on Tuesday, President Obama called on the country to do some "soul searching," saying that his biggest frustration so far as president is that "this society has not been willing to take some basic steps to keep guns out of the hands of people who can do just unbelievable damage."
This is at least the 74th U.S. school shooting since the massacre in Newtown, Connecticut left 26 dead in December 2012.