Police identify armed student at Parkrose High
The Portland Police Bureau identified the student who brought a gun to Parkrose High School Friday as Angel Granados Dias.
Dias, 18, was booked at the Multnomah County Detention Center on charges of possession of a firearm in a public building, attempting to discharge a firearm at a school, reckless endangerment and possession of a loaded firearm in a public place.
Law enforcement has not yet disclosed a possible motive for the incident that prompted two schools to be locked down and the high school to be evacuated.
The FBI is working with Portland Police and officials from the Parkrose School District to investigate Friday's incident when police said Dias entered the school armed with a shotgun and was tackled by a staff member and held until police arrived.
Dias was confronted by the high school's football coach Keanon Lowe, a former Oregon Ducks receiver. Police said they quickly arrived and found Lowe detaining the student in the hall.
No one was hurt in the incident and a police statement said "it has not been determined if any shots were fired."
Police found no other suspects.
Police responded at about 11:48 a.m. Friday, May 17, to the report of man armed with a gun near the school.
Parkrose High School, 12003 N.E. Shaver St., and nearby Parkrose Middle School, 11800 N.E. Shaver St., both immediately went on lockdown.
Portland Police Public Information Officer Brad Yakots said police did a methodical, room-by-room search to clear the building before students were allowed to leave.
"Parkrose High School followed their protocols," he said.
Cassy Gemelli, parent of Parkrose sophomore Nathaniel Shaffer, left work in a rush after Nathaniel texted her from school that the 900 students were locked down and she saw details about the incident on the school's Facebook page.
"I was scared, startled and confused as the facts were coming out. My heart was beating fast," Gemelli said.
Parents were told to head to a nearby closed K-Mart parking lot to pick up their children.
"The buses pulled up one-by-one. It was very organized. They made sure somebody was there to pick them up," she said.
Her son was more startled than scared she said and also noted that the students were about ready to go to lunch when the drama unfolded.
"He was very level headed about it," she said.
Gemelli said she felt the school handled the frightening situation well.
"They practice for this, sadly. They have it down."
High school students were released to meet up with their parents, but middle school students stayed in school until about 2:25 when their lock out was lifted. They were released on their regular schedule.
Portland Police and the Special Emergency Reaction Team was activated.
Parents reunited with their high school children at the former K-Mart at Northeast 122nd and Sandy Boulevard.
The district opened the high school building up for about 90 minutes late Friday afternoon so students could collect their belongings.
Evening activities at Parkrose Middle School were cancelled Friday, but the Parkrose High School prom will go on Saturday night as scheduled.
The PPB Gun Violence Reduction Team will lead the investigation, Yakots said.
Portland Police Chief Danielle Outlaw said in a statement that "Incidents such as the one that occurred today strikes the worst fear in the hearts of students and parents. The officers and school staff worked together to respond quickly and ensure the safety of all involved. I commend the school staff member who displayed quick actions and bravery when he confronted the subject."
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