(MCT) – In yet another outbreak of gun violence on a school campus, a 14-year-old Oregon high school student was killed and a teacher was wounded after a gunman opened fire before class Tuesday morning.
The attack at Reynolds High School in Troutdale, about 16 miles east of Portland, ended with the shooter's death.
It was the 74th shooting at a school or university since the December 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., according to Everytown for Gun Safety, a gun control group.
"It happens now once a week," President Barack Obama said Tuesday, criticizing Congress' unwillingness to require universal background checks for gun purchases. "Our levels of gun violence are off the charts. There's no advanced, developed country on Earth that would put up with this."
Obama added, "The United States does not have a monopoly on crazy people ... yet we kill each other in these mass shootings at rates that are exponentially higher than any place else." The violence came after a week of high-profile gun attacks at a Seattle university, a Las Vegas pizzeria and Walmart, and a Georgia courthouse.
On the second-to-last day of classes at Reynolds High School, the gunman entered the school's gym carrying a rifle, police said.
Officials have not positively identified the shooter and confirmed whether he was a student, but his victim was. In the gym's locker room, the gunman killed Emilio Hoffman.
Teacher Todd Rispler was wounded in the hip but managed to walk, bleeding, to the front office, where he set the school's lockdown procedures in motion, police and a student said.
The gunman's body was found in a gym bathroom, police said. It's unclear how he died.
"I met with Emilio's parents this afternoon, and I can tell you how devastated they are by this news," Troutdale Police Chief Scott Anderson told reporters. "They want you to know that Emilio was a great kid, and he was loved by all."
The school was closed until further notice as police investigated the shooting.
"I hope that no other mayor around the United States goes through the emotional nightmare that we have gone through in this city today," Mayor Doug Daoust said.