The NRA was mocked when they recommended that school resource officers be armed in order to stop mass shootings from occurring. But the staff at a Troudale, Oregon high school are giving school resource officers credit for springing into action and stopping a lone gunman from carrying out a mass shooting today.
The shooter was carrying a semi-automatic rifle and reportedly died of a self-inflicted gunshot in a school bathroom. Just as the Newton, CT shooter killed himself as soon as he realized someone with a gun was close to him, presumably the shooter in this case may have done the same thing once resource officers were quickly on the scene.
According to katu.com,
TROUTDALE, Ore. – Police say a gunman opened fire at Reynolds High School on Tuesday morning, killing one student.
The Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office said the gunman is also dead and the situation has stabilized. Authorities have not said how the gunman died.
Multiple students told KATU that physical education teacher Todd Rispler was grazed by a bullet, but was still able to walk. Police have not confirmed that Rispler was shot.
“Today is a very tragic day for the city of Troutdale and the Reynolds School District,” said Troutdale Police Chief Scott Anderson. “The student has died. I’m very, very sorry for the family.”
There are still many details yet to be revealed and police have not yet released the name of the shooter, but some reports have said that gang related violence has increased in this area in recent months and years.
The school is the only high school in Troutdale which is near Portland, Oregon.