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Two people comfort each other as they await word about the safety of students after a shooting at Reynolds High School, Tuesday, June 10, 2014, in Troutdale, Ore. A gunman killed a student at the high school east of Portland Tuesday and the shooter is also dead, police said. (AP Photo/The Oregonian, Faith Cathcart)
TROUTDALE, OR - JUNE 10: Parents of Reynolds High School students console one another in a nearby parking lot after word of a school shooting June 10, 2014 in Troutdale, Oregon. Authorities said one student was fatally shot and the gunman was found dead at an Oregon high school (Photo by Natalie Behring/Getty Images)
TROUTDALE, OR - JUNE 10: Parents of Reynolds High School students react as they wait to be reunited with their children after a school shooting June 10, 2014 in Troutdale, Oregon. Authorities said one student was fatally shot and the gunman was found dead at an Oregon high school. (Photo by Natalie Behring/Getty Images)
TROUTDALE, OR - JUNE 10: Parents of Reynolds High School students wait to be reunited with their children after a school shooting June 10, 2014 in Troutdale, Oregon. Authorities said one student was fatally shot and the gunman was found dead at an Oregon high school. (Photo by Natalie Behring/Getty Images)
TROUTDALE, OR - JUNE 10: Parents of Reynolds High School students react as they wait to be reunited with their children after a school shooting June 10, 2014 in Troutdale, Oregon. Authorities said one student was fatally shot and the gunman was found dead at an Oregon high school. (Photo by Natalie Behring/Getty Images)
TROUTDALE, OR - JUNE 10: A family reacts as they await the arrival of Reynolds High School student after a shooting at her school June 10, 2014 in Troutdale, Oregon. Authorities said one student was fatally shot and the gunman was found dead at an Oregon high school. (Photo by Natalie Behring/Getty Images)
TROUTDALE, OR - JUNE 10: Friends, family and well-wishers hold candles for Emilio Hoffman, the victim of today's school shooting at a vigil on June 10, 2014 in Troutdale, Oregon. A gunman walked into Reynolds High School with a rifle and shot 14 year old Hoffman to death on Tuesday, in what is the the third outbreak of gun violence in a U.S. school in less than three weeks. (Photo by Natalie Behring/Getty Images)
TROUTDALE, OR - JUNE 10: A student holds a candle for Emilio Hoffman the victim of today's school shooting at a vigil on June 10, 2014 in Troutdale, Oregon. A gunman walked into Reynolds High School with a rifle and shot 14 year old Hoffman to death on Tuesday, in what is the the third outbreak of gun violence in a U.S. school in less than three weeks. (Photo by Natalie Behring/Getty Images)
GRESHAM, OR - JUNE 10: A students' car bears the message to 'Pray fro Reynolds 1999-2014' as its parked near a church holding a vigil to pray for the victims of today's school shooting June 10, 2014 in Gresham, Oregon. A gunman walked into Reynolds High School with a rifle and shot one student to death on Tuesday, in what is the the third outbreak of gun violence in a U.S. school in less than three weeks. (Photo by Natalie Behring/Getty Images)
GRESHAM, OR - JUNE 10: A students' car bears the message to 'RIP Emilio Hoffman' as its parked near a church holding a vigil to pray for the victims of today's school shooting June 10, 2014 in Gresham, Oregon. A gunman walked into Reynolds High School with a rifle and shot one student to death on Tuesday, in what is the the third outbreak of gun violence in a U.S. school in less than three weeks. Emilio Hoffman is the 14-year old student who was shot to death. (Photo by Natalie Behring/Getty Images)
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By NIGEL DUARA and JONATHAN COOPER

TROUTDALE, Ore. (AP) - A teen gunman armed with a rifle shot and killed a 14-year-old student Tuesday and injured a teacher before he likely killed himself at a high school in a quiet Columbia River town in Oregon, authorities said.

After the shooting stopped, police spotted the suspect slumped on a toilet in a bathroom at Reynolds High School. Officers used a robot with a camera to investigate and discovered the suspect was dead and that he had likely killed himself, Troutdale police spokesman Sgt. Carey Kaer said.

His victim was identified as freshman Emilio Hoffman, who was "loved by all," police Chief Scott Anderson said at a Tuesday news conference. He said Hoffman was found in the boys' locker room.

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A girl who used to be Hoffman's girlfriend said he was "a good kid" and a "down-to-earth guy."

"He was very caring, he loved to joke around," said Savannah Venegas, 16.

Hoffman lived with his mother and had an older brother and two younger sisters, both in elementary school, Venegas said.

Anderson said he spoke with Hoffman's family, saying they had a difficult road ahead and sought privacy.

Hoffman didn't have enemies and "didn't stir up trouble," Venegas said.

"They wouldn't have just picked him," she said. "It had to be, just, random."

Authorities have tentatively identified the gunman but his name is being withheld until his family is notified, Anderson said.

The teacher, Todd Rispler, had injuries weren't life-threatening, and he was treated at the scene. Rispler, a 50-year-old physical education instructor and former track coach, went to the office and initiated the school lockdown, Anderson said. The attack panicked students and they were told to go quietly to their classrooms.

Freshman Morgan Rose, 15, said she hunkered down in a locker room with another student and two teachers.

"It was scary in the moment. Now knowing everything's OK, I'm better," she said.

Freshman Daniel DeLong, 15, said after the shooting that he saw a physical education teacher at the school with a bloodied shirt. He said he was texting friends to make sure they were all OK.

"It just, like, happened so fast, you know?" he said.

Anderson said two on-campus police officers were the first to respond to reports of a shooting. The officers and a tactical team sent to the school "brought this to a conclusion," the chief said, without elaborating.

"Oregon hurts as we try to make sense of a senseless act of violence," Gov. John Kitzhaber said in a statement.

The first reports of shots fired came around 8 a.m. on the next-to-last-day of classes. Police initially seemed uncertain about whether there was a live shooter in the school.

Students were eventually led from the school with hands up or on their heads. Parents and students were reunited in a supermarket parking lot.

Mandy Johnson said her daughter called from a friend's phone.

"I thank God that she's safe," said Johnson, who has three younger children. "I don't want to send my kids to school anymore."

The Reynolds School District issued a statement mourning the loss of one of its students.

Reynolds is the second-largest high school in Oregon, with about 2,800 students. The school is about 15 miles from Portland and its students come from several communities.

During the evacuation of the school, authorities found another student with a gun and he was taken into custody. That weapon and arrest were not related to the shooting, Anderson said.

The Oregon violence came less than a week after a gunman opened fire on a college campus in neighboring Washington state, killing a 19-year-old man and wounding two others. It follows a string of mass shootings that have disturbed the nation, including one on Sunday in Nevada that left two Las Vegas police officers and a civilian dead.

The Tuesday shooting was the first fatal school shooting in Oregon since May 1998 when 15-year-old Kip Kinkel killed two students and wounded 25 others at Thurston High School in Springfield near Eugene. He killed his parents prior to the attack and is serving a 111-year prison sentence.

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AP writers Gosia Wozniacka and Steven DuBois in Portland and Alina Hartounian in Phoenix contributed to this report.

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