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Officials confirm death of 14-year-old Emilio Hoffman, say investigation is ongoing



by: OUTLOOK PHOTO: JIM CLARK - Troutdale Police Chief Scott Anderson addresses a press conference at the Cherry Park Safeway on Tuesday evening. From left, Troutdale Mayor Doug Daoust, Reynolds School District Superintendent Linda Florence, an unidentified FBI agent, Multnomah County Sheriff Dan Staton and Multnomah County Sheriff's department spokesman deputy Steven Alexander.

A somber crowd gathered outside the Cherry Park Safeway Tuesday evening as officials gave the latest updated news about the Reynolds High School shooting.

Law enforcement agencies confirmed Emilio Hoffman, a 14-year-old Reynolds High School freshman, as the student victim.

"I met with Emilio's parents this afternoon, and I can tell you how devastated they are by the news," said Chief Scott Anderson of the Troutdale Police Department. "They want you to know that Emilio was a great kid loved by all."

Anderson said law enforcement officials had tentatively identified the shooter, but weren't in a position to confirm his name or age yet.

Anderson released preliminary information on what officials believed happened inside Reynolds High School this morning.

He said the shooter had entered the building housing the school's gym, which is a separate, detached building.

"We know that Emilio was shot and killed in the boys locker room," Anderson said. "The shooter was located in a different, separate restroom."

As the police department received initial reports of an active shooter, Anderson said two Troutdale Police school resource officers and two other local police officers responded "very quickly."

"I believe that their quick response saved many of our students' lives," Anderson said. "For that, your community and I thank you."

Anderson said the department was waiting for details from the medical examiner's office before confirming information on the shooter's death. He would only comment that the weapon was a rifle.

"This is a tragedy that affects our whole community," Anderson said. "This is not supposed to happen in any school, or to any child. But we will get through this together."

Superintendent Linda Florence said that throughout the rest of the week, Reynolds School District would have counselors at all of its schools. She said the day's tragedy felt so personal.

Reynolds School Board was holding a 6 p.m. emergency meeting Tuesday following the shooting.

by: OUTLOOK PHOTO: JIM CLARK - Troutdale mayor Doug Daoust speaks at a press confrence at the Cherry Park Safeway on Tuesday evening.

Troutdale Mayor Doug Daoust was in disbelief.

"It was so sad that on such a beautiful day, in such a beautiful little town like Troutdale, that such an experience like this morning had been injected into the tight-knit community," Daoust said.

"It is affecting the whole community today," he said. "I've had condolences expressed by Governor John Kitzhaber and Senator Jeff Merkley today. They both expressed their sadness about what has happened in Troutdale today.

"I hope that no other mayor around the state goes through the emotional nightmare we have gone through in this city today. I would not wish that on any other mayor. We will get through this, support each other through this and come out OK."

Car and backpack retrieval

Because the investigation is active and on-going, there is no admittance to the building until at least tomorrow.

Those who had parked vehicles on the west side of the school were asked to retrieve their cars from the parking lot at Imagination Station at 6 p.m.

If they parked in the eastern parking lot by the gym, they were asked to go to Imagination Station at 7 pm. to be escorted to their vehicles in small groups.

Everyone must bring a set of keys and will not be allowed into the building to retrieve anything.

The school district reports that backpacks brought out of school and left during the evacuation can be picked up from 6:30-8:30 p.m., at Reynolds Middle School.

Any bags left inside the high school cannot be picked up at this time. Details on how to pick up those items will be released at a later time.

Call with tips

Anyone who was a witness to the events inside the school this morning, or who may have information about the shooting, is asked to call the Troutdale Police tip line at 503-250-7943. People with images taken during the incident this morning should email those through a link available at http://www.troutdale.info .

Counseling

Multnomah County has established a mental health resource center at Mt. Hood Community College gymnasium, staffed by counselors from Multnomah County, FBI Victim's Services, Trauma Intervention Program (TIP) and the Reynolds School District from 1-7 p.m. today and 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. tomorrow.

The Multnomah County Mental Health Crisis line is also available at 503-988-4888.

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