13 Dec 2014

Three teens shot in Portland, Oregon

1:24 pm on 13 December 2014

At least three teenagers have been shot outside a school in Portland, Oregon in the US.

Portland Police Bureau

Portland Police Bureau Photo: AFP

Police in the city of Portland said officers were searching for a suspect, who was believed to have left the area.

In a tweet, the Portland Police Bureau said the two boys and one girl shot outside Rosemary Anderson High School were "conscious and breathing" as they were rushed to a local hospital.

A spokeswoman for Legacy Emanuel Medical Center confirmed that the hospital was treating three patients from the incident but declined to give out any information on their condition, citing medical privacy laws.

It was not immediately clear if the victims were students at Rosemary Anderson, but police said they ran to the school following the shooting, shortly after noon (local time).

The shooter ran from the area, police said, and officers with search dogs were combing nearby neighborhoods for the suspect.

"Officers have cleared the school. Area is safe and secure," the police bureau said, also via Twitter, adding that it was not considered an "active shooter situation."

According to its website, Rosemary Anderson is an alternative high school for "at-risk" students, many of whom are homeless or who have been expelled or dropped out of public high schools.

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