June 10, 2014 at 11:21 pm

Gov: "A senseless act of violence"

Teenager kills student, self at Ore. school

Two people comfort each other as they await word about the safety of students after a shooting at Reynolds High School in Troutdale, Ore. A gunman killed a student at the high school east of Portland Tuesday and the shooter was found dead. (Faith Cathcart / AP)

Troutdale, Ore. — A teen gunman armed with a rifle shot and killed a student Tuesday and injured a teacher before he likely killed himself at a high school in a quiet Columbia River town in Oregon, authorities said.

After the shooting stopped, police spotted the suspect slumped on a toilet in a bathroom at Reynolds High School but couldn’t see what was happening with him.

Officers used a robot with a camera to investigate and discovered the suspect was dead and that he had likely killed himself, Troutdale police spokesman Sgt. Carey Kaer said.

The victim was identified a 14-year-old freshman Emilio Hoffman, who was “loved by all,” police Chief Scott Anderson said at a Tuesday news conference. He said Emilio was found in the boys’ locker room.

Authorities have tentatively identified the gunman but his name is being withheld until his family is notified.

The teacher’s injuries weren’t life-threatening, and he was treated at the scene. He was identified as Todd Rispler, a 50-year-old physical education instructor.

The first reports of shots fired came at 8 a.m. on the next-to-last-day of classes. The attack panicked students after a lockdown was ordered and they were told to go quietly to their classrooms.

Freshman Morgan Rose, 15, said she hunkered down in a locker room with another student and two teachers.

“It was scary in the moment. Now knowing everything’s OK, I’m better,” she said.

Freshman Daniel DeLong, 15, said after the shooting that he saw a physical education teacher at the school with a bloodied shirt. He said he was texting friends to make sure they were all OK.

“It just, like, happened so fast, you know?” he said.

Anderson said two on-campus police officers were the first to respond to reports of a shooting. The officers and a tactical team sent to the school “brought this to a conclusion,” the chief said, without elaborating.

“Today is a very tragic day for the city of Troutdale,” the chief said.

Gov. John Kitzhaber added in a statement: “Oregon hurts as we try to make sense of a senseless act of violence.”

Reynolds is the second-largest high school in Oregon, with about 2,800 students. The school is about 15 miles from Portland.

Reynolds High School students were led from the school after a shooting ... (Faith Cathcart / AP)