School Staffer Disarms Gunman Outside Portland High School

18 Mai, 2019, 05:36 | Auteur: Adelaide Bullion
  • Keanon Lowe

A Portland, Oregon high school is being evacuated after a man armed with a gun was wrestled to the ground by a staff member.

At a 1:30 p.m. news conference, a Portland police spokesman said the school was clear.

Parents and students reported Coach Keanon Lowe tackled the suspect to the ground and he was then taken into custody, The Oregonian reported.

The suspect has not yet been identified, but students told a KGW reporter at the scene that the armed person was a student.

Lowe, a stand-out football player at Jesuit High School in Portland and then at University of OR in Eugene, is a football and track coach at Parkrose High School.

Students told ABC affiliate KATU that the staffer was Keanon Lowe, the school's football and track and field coach, who was formerly a star wide receiver with the University of Oregon Ducks. Lowe couldn't immediately be reached for comment on Friday. It is not known whether any shots were actually fired during the incident.

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Parkrose Middle School was put on lockdown because of its proximity to the high school, but will continue with its regular class schedule today.

In a brief press release, PPB said it received a call earlier this morning about an armed man near Parkrose High School.

'Parents, please do not come to the schools.

Lowe began working at Parkrose previous year as the school's head football and track and field coach, according to his LinkedIn profile.

This is a continuing investigation-we'll update this blog as more information comes out. They claimed that it may take one hour or more to safely release all students. A parent said students reported that the suspect, a fellow student, had brought a gun to the school with the intention of committing suicide. A source said the weapon that the suspect had was a shotgun. A parent told the Oregonian that the suspect meant to harm himself. Police noted, "There is no indication there is any other shooter or any injuries".

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