PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) — Three teens and a 20-year-old were shot outside Rosemary Anderson High School in North Portland late Friday morning, leaving a 16-year-old in critical condition.
In an afternoon press conference, PPB Sgt. Pete Simpson said the suspects are three African-American males, and all are in their late teens to early 20s.
The four who were shot — Taylor Michelle Zimmers, 16; La’Braye Quavon Franklin, 17; David Joshua Jackson-Liday, 20; and Olyvia Lynn Batson, 17 — were all shot outside the school, 717 Killingsworth Court.
Simpson said the shooter was never inside the school, and preliminary investigation shows there was some kind of dispute that preceded the shooting.
The shooter may be gang-related, but that does not necessarily mean the victims were affilated with a gang, he said.
Taylor Zimmers is in critical condition, authorities said. Franklin and Jackson-Liday are in fair condition, while Batson was treated for a grazing wound at the scene.
The young men were both in serious condition but upgraded to fair later, Simpson said, and added the 19-year-old suffered a grazing wound and was treated at the school. All the victims are affiliated with the school, either as students or former students.
The Gang Task Force is investigating and PPB homicide detectives are also involved, Simpson said. Additionally, the ATF and the FBI offered their investigative services.
The investigation is ongoing and no names are being released at this time.
Their website describes Rosemary Anderson High School as “Portland OIC’s community-based alternative high school, in operation since 1983, and accredited by the NW Accreditation Commission.”
By 1:15 p.m., the school had been secured and the students released. Officials want parents of Rosemary Anderson High School students to go to Killingsworth Court and Kerby Avenue.
Jefferson High School and Portland Community College were locked down for a few hours, but the lockdown was lifted around 2 p.m.
Queeni Hillman, a junior at the school, said she was with other people and headed out the door and “all of the sudden we heard bop, bop. We thought someone dropped something in the kitchen.”
Then she looked up and saw her cousin “stumbling into the school holding his stomach.” He fell to the ground.
“All of a sudden a girl comes in talking about, ‘He got shot! He got shot!'”
She said he “looked like he was in pain,” and she fought with teachers because she wanted to go help her cousin.
“My friend had to pull me back, too. I was like, no, because, I’m like, that’s my cousin.”
One got shot in the ankle, another in the hip, Hillman said.
Maya Lemon, also a junior at the school, said she heard four gunshots, “My friend Taylor, she came screaming into the cafeteria and she was holding her stomach and she was bleeding. And she was screaming she got shot.”
The teachers then put all the students into lockdown, she said.
“I just know we have a lot of kids in our school who are gang-involved,” she said.
Lemon texted her mom and told her what had happened and asked her to pick her up at Jefferson High School.
“I’m just glad Maya didn’t go to lunch outside today,” her mother, Ann, said.
Another witness, Lisa Black, is from Tupelo, Mississippi and is in town for a graduation at Concordia University. She said she saw “three young African-American men fleeing” after she heard three gunshots. She did not see the shooting, but did hear the shots. She said she saw all of them running, but saw one man put a gun into his pants.
“You all have something to be proud of,” she said, “because your officers were Johnny-on-the-spot.”
KOIN 6 News reporters Brent Weisberg, Tim Becker and Lisa Balick contributed to this report.