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One student, gunman dead after shooting at Oregon high school

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TROUTDALE, Ore. - A gunman opened fire inside an Oregon high school Tuesday, killing one student. The gunman also died at the scene.

The school went on lockdown for nearly two hours as anxious parents waited for word on the safety of their children.

Shortly after 8:00 am, the first reports of shots fired on campus started streaming in from Reynolds High School, in the town of Troutdale, which is east of Portland, Oregon.

"I was in shock. I didn't believe it was happening at first," said one student.

"He was carrying a gun, running after one of our teachers," said another.

A massive police response converged on the school, looking for a gunman while securing students. Anguished parents, who were kept at a distance, awaited news.

"I just want to see him to make sure he's okay," said one parent.

Two hours after the start of the incident, grim details emerged.

"A gunman entered the high school this morning, shot one student. Unfortunately, that student has died. The gunman was located. The gunman is also deceased," said Scott Anderson, Troutdale Police Chief.

Anderson said in a news conference that the 14-year-old victim was a freshman at Reynolds High School who was killed in the boys' locker room.He says the boy was "loved by all."

Authorities have not yet identified the shooter or his victim, but say the gunman was carrying a rifle. A teacher was also treated at the scene with non-life-threatening injuries. He has been identified as Todd Rispler, a 50-year-old physical education instructor, and police say he initiated the school lockdown procedure.

Officials credit the quick action of two school resource officers with assisting law enforcement with ending the incident.

"They responded immediately they and another tactical team brought this to a conclusion," said Anderson.

School officials were shaken.

"This is a tragic day. One that I had hoped would never ever be part of my experience," said Linda Florence, superintendent of Reynolds School District.

But it's one Troutdale now shares with other communities coping with the tragedy of a school shooting.

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