Emilio Hoffman, a freshman at Reynolds High School in Troutdale, Or., died in a shooting at the school just before classes began early yesterday, The Oregonian reports. The person who apparently shot Hoffman and wounded a teacher died a short time later, but authorities haven’t yet identified him or said if his wounds were self-inflicted. The school was placed on lockdown and hundreds were evacuated from the building. Who was the shooter? Why did he do it? Did police stop a rampage, or did the shooter take his own life? What kind of gun? And why Emilio?
The investigation is ongoing, and police have released few details. “It would give people justice just to know,” said Jordan Minter, a senior at Reynolds who knows Emilio’s older brother. “He (the shooter) grazed a teacher and then got a student. Was that his goal or not?” Students, parents and other members of the community fell into a hushed silence as Hoffman’s friends and family approached a vigil last night linked arm in arm, flanked by police to fend off news cameras and the swarm of people.