Parkrose students return to school after gun scare; suspect appears in court
PORTLAND, Ore. – Students at Parkrose High School will return to school Monday with some extra support. Counselors will be available after police say a student brought a gun inside a classroom Friday.
That student, 19-year-old Angel Granados-Diaz, was charged in a Multnomah County courtroom on Monday. He's facing two counts of possessing a loaded firearm or dangerous weapon inside a public building, one count of being in possession of a loaded firearm in public, and one count of recklessly endangering.
Court documents allege that Diaz brought a loaded shotgun into the school and tried to fire the weapon.
Saturday, Parkrose High School students attended prom after the scare Friday. Administrators were there supporting them.
Over the weekend, Parkrose High School's football and track and field coach and security guard Keanon Lowe spoke about stopping the suspect who was reportedly armed with a gun. He wrestled the gun away from the suspect and held the student until police arrived.
Lowe is a Jesuit High School graduate and a former University of Oregon wide receiver. He said he feels he was put in that classroom in that moment to protect those kids. He said he trained for a scenario like that when he became a security officer for the school.
“I’ve always believed, especially recently, there has been a problem and there is a problem as far as guns in schools. I look forward in my next steps in my life to help try to help that situation especially experiencing this,” Lowe said.
Portland Police Bureau’s Gun Violence Reduction Team and Behavioral Health Unit are investigating the case.
Diaz is booked into the Multnomah County jail on $500,000 bail.