16-year-old girl fighting for life after gunman burst into Portland school

A 22-year-old man has been arrested following a ‘gang-related’ high school shooting in Oregon that left three students injured and a 16-year-old girl in a critical condition.

The unnamed gunman, who is believed to have gang ties, reportedly gunned down the students at a street corner outside Rosemary Anderson High School in Portland at noon on Friday.

He then allegedly fled the scene by car, but was stopped by police at North Interstate Avenue and Going Street at around 1.30am on Saturday. A handgun was found in his vehicle.

Taylor Michelle Zimmers remains critically injured in hospital following the shooting, while 20-year-old David Jackson-Liday and 17-year-old La’Braye Franklin are said to be in a fair condition.

A fourth victim, Olyvia Batson, also 17, was treated at the scene after a bullet grazed her foot.

Speaking to The Oregonian, student Sierra Smith said she saw one of the male victims being helped by a teacher inside the alternative high school, describing the scene as ‘scary’.

‘He was laying on the ground. He had blood coming out of his stomach,’ the 17-year-old said.

Another student, Oliviann Danley, 16, told the newspaper she saw a boy run into the school and shout, ‘Oh my God, did I just get shot?’

Emergency services were scrambled to Rosemary Anderson High – an alternative institution for dropouts and other at-risk or homeless students – within minutes of the shooting.

The attack is believed to have occurred following a dispute. The assailant and two other people fled, while the wounded students went to the school for help, a police spokesman said.

In a statement on Friday night, Sargent Pete Simpson, of Portland Police, ‘There was some kind of dispute between the shooter and some people.

‘We don’t know if it was (with) all the victims or one of the victims. Based on the investigation thus far, the shooting appears to be gang-related.’

Police gang investigators ‘feel comfortable saying this is a gang-related shooting based on some of the people involved,’ Mr Simpson added.

He said the shooter is believed to have gang ties, but declined to say whether any victims might.

Following the shooting, parents were quickly summoned to the school to collect their children, while a nearby high school and community college were put on lockdown.

After authorities tracked down the suspect in the early hours of Saturday, officers were dispatched to search the man’s an apartment, about five blocks east of the shooting.

Police will release the suspect’s name and charges after he is booked into Multnomah County Jail.

The victims are students at the high school or in affiliated job training programs, the force said.

On Friday night, Portland Mayor, Charlie Hales, wrote on Facebook: ‘My heart goes out to students and staff at Rosemary Anderson High School, which today experienced a terrible tragedy.

‘It was heartwarming to see the community wrap its arms around victims’ friends and families. I know we’ll all be holding our loved ones a little closer tonight. Go home and hug your kids.’

According to Rosemary Anderson High’s website, 190 students annually are enrolled at the north Portland location. The school also has a second location in Gresham.

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