PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A shooter wounded two boys and a girl outside an alternative high school Friday in what may be a gang-related attack, Portland police said.
The victims are believed to be students at Rosemary Anderson High School, which serves about 190 at-risk students, Sgt. Pete Simpson said. The three were conscious and breathing when they were taken to the hospital, he said.
#RosemaryAHS Officers have cleared the school. Area is safe and secure. Shooting occurred off campus at Killingsworth and Bothwick.— Portland Police (@PortlandPolice) December 12, 2014
The shooting was reported after noon and happened at a corner outside the school, Simpson said. The assailant fled, and the students ran back to the school for help, he said.
Officers don’t know whether the shooter was alone or with others, but Simpson says preliminary information suggests it’s gang-related.
Rosemary Anderson High School is an alternative school that serves at-risk students who were expelled or dropped out, are homeless or single parents. According to the school’s website, 190 students annually are enrolled at the north Portland location. The school also has a second location in Gresham.
We believe the shooter or shooters may be gang related, said Sgt. Pete Simpson, Portland Police pic.twitter.com/P7qUiBSzgz— Kyle Iboshi (@KyleIboshi) December 12, 2014
Parents have been summoned to the school, and a nearby high school and community college were put on lockdown.
Portland was the scene of a school shooting in June. A freshman killed one student and then himself.
Jared Padgett, 15, opened fire June 10 after arriving at his high school east of Portland heavily armed. He killed 14-year-old Emilio Hoffman in the boy’s locker room at Reynolds High School in Troutdale and another bullet grazed physical education teacher Todd Rispler. When confronted by officers, Padgett went into a bathroom and died from a self-inflicted gunshot, police said.
Dillon Baron, a student at Rosemary, said he went to a friend's house and came back to find a shooting scene pic.twitter.com/OHMXw8yGVo— Maxine Bernstein (@maxoregonian) December 12, 2014
Jefferson HS & Portland Community College currently in lockdown due shooting.— KATU News (@KATUNews) December 12, 2014
Traffic will remain impacted in area pic.twitter.com/JSSHT3RKhw
Just arrived at shooting scene at Rosemary Anderson HS. Police say at least 2 victims. pic.twitter.com/dnxIbWuqWW— Mark Hanrahan (@KREMMark) December 12, 2014
This is a developing story. Check back for updates soon.