LOS ANGELES (AFP) – Three teenagers were shot and injured Friday outside a high school in the northwestern US state of Oregon, in a suspected gang-related incident.
Investigators launched a manhunt after the gunman fled the scene, the Portland Police Department said, adding that the incident was “not an active shooter situation.”
The three victims – two males and one female – were “conscious and breathing” after they were transported from the scene at Rosemary Anderson High School in north Portland, it said on its Twitter feed.
The victims were struck in the torso area, Portland Fire Department spokesman Damon Simmons told AFP after the shooting, which came nearly two years to the day after the Sandy Hook school massacre in Newtown, Connecticut.
Police said the victims ran to the high school after the shooting, and that the shooter had fled the scene.
“Obviously, we’re thankful we don’t have any loss of life,” Portland Police spokesman Pete Simpson told The Oregonian.
According to the newspaper, the school is a community-based alternative establishment that serves at-risk students sent there after failing to thrive in traditional high schools.