PORTLAND, Ore. — A student who allegedly brought a loaded shotgun into Portland's Parkrose High School on May 17 has been indicted by a grand jury.
The indictment charges 19-year-old Angel Granados-Diaz with two counts of being in possession of a loaded firearm in a public building, one count of being in possession of a loaded firearm in public, and one count of recklessly endangering. He has pleaded not guilty to the four charges.
Granados-Diaz is being held on $500,000 bail. Court documents do not suggest a motive.
On Wednesday, the attorney for Granados-Diaz said mental health played a factor in the incident.
“It is fair to say that some depression and mental health issues played a role in this incident. I anticipate we’ll have some additional answers at later stages of the case," said Adam Thayne.
Portland police said the shotgun was loaded with one round. No shots were fired. The Multnomah County District Attorney's Office says Granados-Diaz attempted to fire the gun inside the school.
Police said Granados-Diaz brought the gun into a classroom. The school’s football, track coach and security guard, former Oregon Ducks football player Keanon Lowe, tackled Granados-Diaz and held him until police took him into custody.
Thayne said the acclaim Lowe has received from the community is well-deserved.
"I think that’s absolutely justified that he is a hero. Things I’ve heard from my client confirm the things that have been said," Thayne said.
In a series of tweets, Lowe said he had no choice but to act and is grateful no one was hurt.
Granados-Diaz is next scheduled to appear in court on July 9.
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