4 shot outside N. Portland high school

4 shot outside of N Portland school

PORTLAND -- Four people were shot Friday outside of a North Portland high school and police were searching for one or more suspects.

The shooting was reported just before 12:15 p.m. outside of Rosemary Anderson High School at 717 North Killingsworth Court.

Two men, 20-year-old David Jackson-Liday and 17-year-old Labraye Franklin, were seriously injured.

Taylor Zimmers, 16, was shot in the chest and side. She was critically injured.

The three victims were taken to hospitals in ambulances and were all alive and conscious when they were transported, police said.

A bullet also grazed the foot of 17-year-old Olyvia Batson. She was treated at the scene.

The victims were reportedly on their lunch break. They were all affiliated with the school, either as high school students or in job training, according to Portland Police Sgt. Pete Simpson.

The shooter, identified as an African American man in his late teens or early 20s, never entered the school, Simpson said. The suspect was with two other young African American men who may also be suspects in the shooting.

Simpson said there was some kind of a dispute before the shooting at the corner of North Killingsworth Court and North Borthwick Avenue. Witnesses said the suspect and other two men ran Northbound on Borthwick Avenue before turning east onto Killingsworth Street.

Simpson said the shooting was apparently gang-related.

"We don't know if any of the four victims were the subject of that dispute or if they were people that happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time," Simpson said.

He asked anyone with information about the shooting to contact Portland police.

Police were waiting to notify all of the victims' family members before releasing their names.

Zimmers was in surgery at Legacy Emanuel Friday afternoon, according to KGW reporter Kyle Iboshi. She remained in critical condition Friday night. Both injured men were upgraded to fair condition.

A group of family and friends gathered at the hospital to pray for the victims.

Another student who was with the victims before the shooting told KGW the kids were on their lunch break. She was far enough away from the shooting that she was able to jump behind a car.

Police were still searching for the shooter Friday evening, affecting traffic in the area. They said, however, it was "not an active shooter situation" and the area around the school was safe.

Rosemary Anderson students were released early Friday afternoon.

Nearby Jefferson High School and Portland Community College - Cascade Campus were put in lockdown following the shooting. Those lockdowns were later lifted.

Rosemary Anderson is a small alternative high school that has around 200 students. Its students are at-risk and have either been expelled or dropped out of public school, according to the school's website. Many students are homeless. Others also attend the school for job training purposes or to get their GED.

During the investigation, police converged at the site where a mural was painted by children this past summer. The goal of the mural was to bring hope to a place that has a history of violence.

The Portland metro area experienced a deadly school shooting six months prior, when two students died and a teacher was injured in the nearby town of Troutdale.

Freshman Jared Padgett opened fire in the boys locker room at the Reynolds High School gym on June 10, killing fellow freshman Emilio Hoffman and wounding teacher Todd Rispler. Padgett was later found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.


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