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Reynolds High School, the only high school in Troutdale, Oregon, is the scene of the nation’s most recent school shooting. The situation is now believed to be stable.
The Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement that the situation is now stabilized at Reynolds High School in Troutdale.
Scott Anderson, the chief of the Troutdale Police Department, confirmed the deaths and called the events a “tragic day” for the community.
Troutdale Sgt. Carey Kaer told Fox News that the victim was a male student and the shooter was a teenage male, but it is not known whether the gunman was a student at the school.
Kaer said the victim was shot inside the school’s gymnasium and the shooter’s body was located by a police robot in a bathroom. He added that there are no other victims or current threats to the public.
It will be some time, of course, before the details of this incident are known, and we can expect for their to be copious amounts of misinformation and spin dished out as fact.
Here is what we do know.
At this time, there is no evidence to suggest that this was an attempted mass murder or spree killing. It appears to have been a targeted killing. That the attacker’s body was found in a bathroom suggests that this was a murder/suicide (for reasons that psychiatrists or psychologists would likely better explain, public murderers seem to prefer some privacy for their own suicides) .
Perhaps the attacker left behind something explaining the decision to target this one student. If so, we should know in the days ahead.