Police in Portland, Ore., released the identity Saturday of a man arrested in connection with a shooting at an alternative high school Friday that injured four students, one of them critically.
Lonzo Deshawn Murphy, 22, was arrested by members of the department’s gang enforcement team after his vehicle was stopped at North Interstate Avenue and Going Street at 1:30 a.m. Saturday. Murphy is being held without bail due to a parole violation related to a 2013 robbery conviction, according to the Oregonian.
A handgun was seized from Murphy’s vehicle, police said. About half an hour after making the arrest, police searched an apartment five blocks from the shooting scene as part of their investigation.
According to court records, Murphy has been arrested multiple times in recent years, the Oregonian reported. Most recently, in June 2013, he pleaded no contest to 1 count of second-degree robbery and one count of third-degree assault, the paper reported.
Police believe Friday’s shooting at Rosemary Anderson High School was gang-related and occurred after “some kind of dispute,” according to NBC news.
One of the victims, Taylor Michelle Zimmers, 16, remains in critical condition, according to the Associated Press. Police identified the other victims — all of whom were students at the school or enrolled in a job training programs — as David Jackson-Liday, 20; and Labraye Franklin, 17, both of whom are listed in fair condition. A fourth victim, Olyvia Batson, 17, was grazed by a bullet and treated at the scene, according to the AP. Police said all of the victims were conscious and talking at the scene before being transported to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center.
The shooting took place around 12:15 p.m. local time not far from the campus in north Portland, police spokesman Sgt. Pete Simpson said in a statement released Friday. A caller from the school told authorities that after being shot outside the school, three students seeking help ran back inside the building, where they were eventually located by police.
Witnesses described a harrowing scene inside the school as they waited for authorities to arrive. Sierra Smith, a 17-year-old student, was in a government history class when the shooting occurred and described seeing a male victim being helped by a teacher.
“He was laying on the ground. He had blood coming out of his stomach,” she told the Oregonian. “It was scary.”
Oliviann Danley, a 16-year-old student told the paper she heard three shots and saw a group of students running inside the school.
Among the group was a boy who held his coat open, grabbed his side and yell, “Oh my God, did I just get shot?”
Rosemary Anderson High enrolls nearly 200 at-risk students who have dropped out, been expelled or who are homeless, according to the school’s Web site. On Friday, students told the Oregonian they were worried the shooting would damage the school’s reputation.
“It makes our school look bad” Isabelle Crosier told the paper, “but our school is not bad.”
[This post has been updated.]
Peter Holley is a general assignment reporter at The Washington Post. He can be reached at [email protected]
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