PORTLAND - Three teenagers were shot on Friday outside a Portland, Oregon high school, police said, and officers were searching for at least one suspect who was believed to have left the scene following the gunfire.
All three victims of the shooting outside Rosemary Anderson High School in north Portland, two boys and one girl, were "conscious and breathing" as they were rushed to a local hospital, the Portland Police Bureau said in a tweet.
Police said the shooting suspect ran from the scene.
A spokeswoman for Legacy Emanuel Medical Center confirmed that the hospital was treating three patients from the shooting but declined to give out any information on their condition, citing medical privacy laws.
It was not immediately clear if the victims were students at Rosemary Anderson, but police said they ran to the school following the shooting and that it was immediately placed on lockdown.
"Officers have cleared the school. Area is safe and secure,"the police bureau said on Twitter, adding that it was not considered an "active shooter situation." The Portland Oregonian newspaper reported that a 17-year-old was shot in the back and that a female student was struck in the chest. There was no immediate information on the third victim.
Jefferson High School and Portland Community College were also both placed on lockdown following the shooting and traffic was being diverted from the area, police said. Parents were directed to go to a staging area several blocks from the school.
Aly Wright, who works at the Coffeehouse Five coffeehouse near the school, said her customers heard several gunshots, followed by the quick arrival of police. "This whole block is on lockdown," she said.
According to its website, Rosemary Anderson is an alternative high school in north Portland serving up to 190 "at-risk" students, many of whom are homeless or who had been expelled or dropped out of public high schools.