Football coach tackled armed gunman at school: Authorities

The coach -- a former football player -- noticed the suspect with a shotgun, wrestled him to the ground and held him until police arrived.
2:05 | 05/18/19

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Transcript for Football coach tackled armed gunman at school: Authorities
We begin tonight with a school shooting averted. A man was tackled. He had a gun. It happened in park rose high school in Portland, Oregon. A football coach confronting the suspect, tackling him to the ground. Tonight the E vk wagss and thorts on the scene. Will Carr lieding us off. Reporter: Tonight -- another potential school shooting averted, after a heroic football coach tackled an armed gunman at a Portland school. There's a male here with a shotgun and I can smell what smells like a blast here at some point. Reporter: Portland police received the emergency call just before noon. I need rifle operators to start heading towards parkrose. Reporter: That's when according to a witness keanon Lowe, a coach and former university of Oregon football player, sprang to action after he noticed the suspect with a shotgun. Lowe wrestled him to the ground then held he gunman until police arrived. The staff member had an altercation with the suspect, and he was taken into custody. Reporter: Students describing the terrifying moments when they didn't know what was going on. We went into a back room and then it was like a closet and we were all sitting there for 10 or 15 minutes, just silent. Reporter: Others heard on loudspeakers that the someone had a gun on campus. The school went into lock down as panicked parents raced to the scene. Several emotional hours later families were reunited. No children were injured. Park rose high school followed their protocols. Reporter: Tonight police trying to determine a motive and what led the armed suspect to the school. And will Carr with us now tonight. Police begin their investigation. Parents picking up their children are now describing a coyotic scene tonight? That's right, David. It's a story we heard so many times. One mom describes being terrified. Not knowing what is happening until she got a call from a random number. Her daughter borrowed a cell phone to tell her she was okay. The suspect, it's not unclear if he was a student at the school or if he fired shots. Will Carr, thank you. New reporting at this hour after an armed f-16 fighter jet

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