teens, man shot outside Portland, Oregon, high school
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[December 13, 2014]
By Shelby Sebens
PORTLAND, Ore. (Reuters) - Three teenagers
and a 20-year-old man were shot and wounded on Friday outside a
Portland, Oregon, high school when a gunman thought to have gang ties
opened fire following a dispute, police said.
The suspect, believed to be in his late teens or early 20s, fled
the scene with two other males following the shooting less than a
block from Rosemary Anderson High School and all three remained at
large hours later, said Pete Simpson of the Portland Police Bureau.
Taylor Zimmers, 16, was struck by the gunfire shortly after noon
outside the school in north Portland was rushed to a hospital, where
she was listed in critical condition, police said.
A 17-year-old boy and 20-year-old man were in fair condition at the
same hospital and a 17-year-old female was treated and released
after being grazed in the foot by a bullet, police said. Simpson
earlier said the female was 19.
Simpson said all of the victims were affiliated in some way with
Rosemary Anderson and ran to the school following the shooting,
where they received initial treatment as it was placed on lockdown.
The school reopened later on Friday afternoon. Nearby Jefferson High
School and Portland Community College were also placed on lockdown
for about two hours before resuming classes, and streets around
Rosemary Anderson were blocked off.
Officers with search dogs combed nearby neighborhoods for the
suspect, Simpson said, adding that the area had a history of
violence but hadn't seen a shooting with an injury in some four
The Portland Oregonian newspaper reported that FBI agents were on
the scene to assist police. Parents were reunited with their
children at a staging area several blocks from the school.
Aly Wright, who works at the Coffeehouse Five cafe near the school,
told Reuters her customers heard several gunshots, followed by the
quick arrival of police.
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"This whole block is on lockdown," she said.
Portland Mayor Charlie Hales said the shooting represented a "bad
day" for a neighborhood that had worked to overcome a history of
"We haven't entirely eliminated the gang problem, but we've made a
lot of progress," Hales said.
Rosemary Anderson is a community-based alternative high school
serving up to 190 "at-risk" students, many of whom are homeless or
who had been expelled or dropped out of Portland's public high
schools, according to its website.
(Reporting by Shelby Sebens in Portland, Victoria Cavaliere in
Seattle, and Alex Dobuzinskis and Dan Whitcomb in Los Angeles;
Writing by Dan Whitcomb; Editing by Sandra Maler, Mohammad Zargham,
Eric M. Johnson)
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