Student, gunman dead in latest US school shooting

2014-06-10 22:56
A police officer stands guard as students arrived by bus at a shopping centre parking lot in Wood Village, Oregon, after a shooting at Reynolds High School. (Rick Bowmer, AP)

A police officer stands guard as students arrived by bus at a shopping centre parking lot in Wood Village, Oregon, after a shooting at Reynolds High School. (Rick Bowmer, AP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Los Angeles - A gunman shot and killed a student at an Oregon high school Tuesday, in the latest in a spate of US shootings which are becoming chillingly regular.

The gunman, armed with a rifle, also died in the incident at Reynolds High School in the northwestern US state, said the local police chief.

Witnesses reported students and teachers cowering in classrooms as the shooting unfolded. One teacher was also injured. It was unclear if the gunman killed himself or was shot by police.

"A gunman entered the high school this morning, shot one student. Unfortunately, that student has died," said police chief Scott Anderson in the city just east of Portland.

"The gunman was located and is deceased," he added.

A woman, whose daughter is a substitute teacher at the school, recounted exchanging texts with her as the shooting unfolded.

"My daughter was just shaking and scared. From the texts that she sent me... she was huddled in the corner of a room with some students and had the lights out," the mother told KOIN 6 television.

"When a SWAT team person unlocked the door to her room she freaked out, thinking that it was the shooter coming in," she told the broadcaster.

The shooting is the latest of four such incidents over the past three weeks in the former Wild West region of the United States.

On 23 May, a student with mental problems, the son of a Hollywood director, went on a gun rampage at a college campus in Santa Barbara, north of Los Angeles, killing six people and then himself.

On 5 June, a gunman killed one person and injured two others on on a college campus in the northwestern US city of Seattle, in what the local mayor denounced as America's "epidemic of gun violence."

Then on Sunday, a couple with possible links to anti-government militia shot dead two police officers execution-style in a Las Vegas pizza restaurant, before killing another civilian nearby and then themselves.

A muted response

Previous mass shootings, like that which killed 20 children and six adults in Newtown, Connecticut in December 2012, have triggered intense debate about America's relatively lax gun control laws.

But the latest wave of shootings has triggered only muted public debate, possibly due to the scale and regularity of the killings or the the lack of concrete progress generated by previous protests.

The Newtown massacre relaunched a push for gun control laws, and a handful of states have since tightened gun rules.

But the nationwide measures President Barack Obama supported failed in the US Senate due to fierce opposition from gun rights supporters, led by the National Rifle Association (NRA).

The school where Tuesday's shooting occurred has around 2 800 students, although many of them finished classes last week, so it was unclear how many were on site.

National and local TV news channels covered the scene live, showing large numbers of armed police scrambling to lock down the school after reports of shots fired around 08:00.

But about an hour later, the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office said the situation was "stabilised."

Read more on:    us  |  us shootings
NEXT ON NEWS24X

SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
18 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
/Movies
 
Traffic
Lottery
 
  • Wednesday Brackenfell - 17:13 PM
    Road name: N1 Outbound
    DELAYS between the R300 Highway and the Brackenfell Boulevard exit
  • Wednesday Athlone - 17:05 PM
    Road name: M7 Vanguard Drive Southbound
    DELAYS between Viking Way and Klipfontein Road
 
More traffic reports...
 

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Jobs in Western Cape region

Customer Service Associate - Japanese-speaking

Gardens Oranjezicht
Amazon Development Centre SA (Pty) Ltd

Center Manager

Cape Town
DAV Professional Placement Group
R25 000 Per Month

C# DEVELOPER / WCF SPECIALIST

Western Cape
Helderberg Personnel cc
R25 000 - R30 000 Per Month

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Up to 60% off - clearance sale!

Save up to 60% on appliances, books, electronics, toys, movies and more. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Deal of the Week!

Get bestselling John Green novels now just R99 each! Hurry and get yours while stocks last. Shop here.

Mind blowing deals on beauty & fragrances

Save up to 30% off beauty and fragrances. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 50% off hair care products!

Save up to 50% on professional hair care products at kalahari.com. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

30% off academic books

Score a mind blowing 30% off academic books! Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Apple iPad 3 Black 64GB 9.7" Tablet With WiFi & 4G

Retina Display Finally the incredible Retina display technology from the iPhone...

From R7999.00

I'm shopping for:

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

It is always easier to look out and see what needs changing. Looking in is a lot harder... Today you may need to look at what...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.