Authorities: Trucker in Morgan crash hadn’t slept
TROUTDALE, Ore. (AP) — A lone gunman armed with a rifle shot and killed a student Tuesday and injured a teacher shortly after classes started at a high school in a quiet Columbia River town in Oregon and was later found dead as police arrived, authorities said.
Authorities have tentatively identified the gunman but weren’t ready to release the name, Troutdale Police Chief Scott Anderson said.
They were in the process of notifying the family of the gunman and student who was killed.
Anderson said the teacher suffered non-life threatening injuries and was treated at the scene.
During the evacuation, another unrelated gun was found and one person was taken into custody.
The attack panicked students at Reynolds High School in Troutdale after a lockdown was ordered and they were told to quietly go 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 he was sorry for the family of the slain student. Police did not say how the gunman died.
“Today is a very tragic day for the city of Troutdale,” the chief said.
Gov. John Kitzhaber added in a statement: “Oregon hurts as we try to make sense of a senseless act of violence.”
The first reports of shots fired came at 8 a.m. on the nextto-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 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.”
Paul Csea was in the school cafeteria with friends when they were told the school was going into lockdown, The Oregonian reported.
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) — A truck driver’s lack of sleep is being blamed for the highway crash that injured Tracy Morgan and killed another comedian in New Jersey.
As Morgan recovered in a hospital, authorities said Monday that the truck driver who triggered the weekend crash hadn’t slept for more than 24 hours before the accident.
Wal-Mart trucker Kevin Roper was expected to appear in state court Wednesday. It was unclear if Roper, of Jonesboro, Georgia, had retained an attorney. He remained free after posting $50,000 bond.
State police on Tuesday released audio recordings from three 911 calls made after the accident. In one, a woman tells the dispatcher: “It’s a terrible accident. The car flipped. It’s on its side. It’s two vehicles and a Wal-Mart truck.”
Authorities said Roper apparently failed to slow for traffic ahead early Saturday in Cranbury Township and then swerved to avoid a crash. Instead, they said, his big rig smashed into the back of Morgan’s chauffeured limo bus, killing Morgan’s close friend and fellow comedian James “Jimmy Mack” McNair and injuring Morgan and three other people.
Roper has been charged with death by auto and four counts of assault by auto. Under New Jersey law, a person can be charged with assault by auto if he or she causes injury after knowingly operating a vehicle after being awake for more than 24 hours.
According to the criminal complaint, Roper operated the truck “without having slept for a period in excess of 24 hours resulting in a motor vehicle accident.” It doesn’t specify the basis for that assertion.
Report: Diabetes numbers
continue to rise in US
NEW YORK (AP) — The number of Americans with diabetes has increased again — now more than 29 million people have the illness. That’s an increase of about 3 million from three years ago. In new report released Tuesday, federal scientists calculated that more than 9 percent of Americans have diabetes — or 1 in 11 people. The report estimates that about a quarter of them haven’t been diagnosed yet and don’t know they have diabetes.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention used a 2012 national survey and other data to come up with the new numbers.
Diabetes is a disease in which sugar builds up in the blood. The most common form is tied to obesity, and the number of diabetics has ballooned with the rise in obesity.
Arkansas pastor is new Southern Baptist president
BALTIMORE (AP) — An Arkansas megachurch pastor was elected Tuesday to lead the country’s Southern Baptists as the conservative denomination tries to turn around declining membership, church attendance and baptisms and faces increasing conflict with mainstream culture, especially over its conviction that gay sex is immoral.
Later on Tuesday, the nation’s largest Protestant denomination is scheduled to consider a resolution opposing the idea that gender identity can be different from a person’s biological sex. And a motion made from the floor by one Southern Baptist Convention delegate asks the group to discipline a Southern California church that has stopped preaching against homosexuality.
In nominating the Rev. Ronnie Floyd for president, the powerful head of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, the Rev. Albert Mohler, told the crowd of 5,000 meeting in Baltimore, “The nation is embracing a horrifying moral rebellion that is transforming our culture before our very eyes.”
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A group of eight current and former employees of United Parcel Service in Kentucky have sued the company saying they faced racial discrimination, poor treatment based on race and retaliation after they complained.
The men also contend an effigy of a black UPS employee hung from the ceiling outside the manager’s office for four days.
The suit, filed Friday in Fayette County Circuit Court in Lexington, names three managers and the company as defendants.
The men say they were punished more severely than white employees for “alleged workplace infractions.” Two of the employees were fired; two others resigned, which the lawsuit says constitutes “constructive discharge.”