Football coach hailed as hero in shooting scare

An armed suspect entered an Oregon high school building, but was tackled by a coach.
2:16 | 05/18/19

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We move to a scare at a high school in Oregon. Police say an armed student entered the building but he was tackled by a coach. ABC's erielle reshef is here with more. Erielle, good morning. Reporter: Good morning to you, Dan. What could have been a catastrophic situation was averted. Police say the student suspect was wielding a shotgun before he was taken down by that quick-thinking coach. Possibly going to be an active shooter at parkrose high they need more cars. Reporter: Police confirming a student was behind Friday's attempted school shooting rattling a Portland community. I don't know how they're going to go back to school and finish the year. Reporter: The unnamed suspect reportedly storming into parkrose high school armed with a shotgun ready to kill teachers and classmates. The student comes in with a shotgun, a rifle, doesn't even hide it. Just has it out. Reporter: Just before noon kids huddling together. We hid like under clothes and stuff too just in case anything would happen. Reporter: Witnesses say the would-be gunman entered a classroom but was confronted by keanon Lowe, a coach at the school who noticed the weapon and heroically wrestled the suspect to the ground holding him until police arrived. Best case scenario. Absolutely. The staff member from all accounts did an excellent job. Our officers arrived within minute, went right in. Reporter: Families reuniting amid panic. Students praising Lowe for his courage. He put his life at danger for us. I love you and thank you for keeping all the students at parkrose safe. Reporter: The alleged assailant's peers say they sensed he was in a dark place. He went through a pretty rough breakup and we tried to calm and didn't get anything. And nobody had seen him so when we finally did get the word it was kind of heartbreaking. Reporter: The suspect now in custody. And miraculously no one was hurt in this incident. Investigators say that they have recovered the weapon. It's not yet been determined whether any shots were fired. This coach is incredible. Clearly. It's wosht pointing out there are a lot of cases where you have staff members leaping into the fray to protect the children at school. Absolutely, and had he not done so, the outcome could have been so very different here. Yeah. I know the children there and the parents are so grateful. And his friends speaking out as well. Erielle, thank you.

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