Two students wounded in shooting near Jefferson High School, Portland school officials say

Two students have been wounded in a shooting near Jefferson High School, school officials confirmed Tuesday afternoon.

Portland police have responded to the location and are investigating.

Shooting outside Jefferson High School

Two students were wounded with non, life-threatening wounds from a shooting outside the school after dismissal, school officials said




The students’ injuries are not life-threatening, according to Marifer Sager, spokeswoman for Portland Public Schools. Students who remain on campus are being released to their parents on North Kerby Street.

The shooting occurred shortly after school dismissal.

North Precinct officers were in a police roll call when they learned of the shooting, reported at 3:59 p.m.

The shooting occurred along North Commercial Avenue, outside the Jefferson High School gymnasium.




Police received reports that two teens wearing face masks and driving in a white Hyundai Elantra fled the scene of the shooting.

The car crashed at North Alberta Street and Vancouver Avenue, and teens ran from the vehicle, according to police.

North Portland Shooting

Police received reports that two teens wearing face masks and driving in a white Hyundai Elantra fled the scene of the shooting. The car crashed at North Alberta Street and Vancouver Avenue, and teens ran from the vehicle, according to police. Dave Killen/The Oregonian




efferson High sophomore Mesert Melda said she was in the gym when other girls ran in screaming that there had been a drive-by shooting.

A teacher told the students to take shelter in the school’s audio recording room.

Melda said about 15 shots had been fired.

“I was concerned for the people outside,” the 16-year-old said. “I wasn’t really concerned for myself, because I knew that I was safe inside.”




By 5:30 p.m., a dozen officers had placed yellow evidence markers near North Emerson Street and Commercial Avenue and a police forensic criminalist was photographing the crime scene outside the entrance to the school’s gym, where the motto, “Home of the Demos,” is written above the doors.

Officers also surrounded the damaged white Hyundai Elantra located about four blocks away.

Police received a report that one student who was wounded had suffered a wound to the leg and entered the gym shortly after the shooting occurred.

Police have not said if anyone has been arrested.

The shooting comes as the city is on pace to reach or surpass the record 92 homicides that occurred in Portland last year.




This story will be updated as more information is obtained.

–The Oregonian/OregonLive

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