Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Tualatin Shooting: 2 Dead, 2 Others Injured In Suburban Portland Shooting

Tualatin Police Chief Kent Barker told HuffPost that the male shooter was in a relationship with the female victim, who worked at Legacy MetroLab where the shooting occurred. The shooter, who has not been identified by name, perpetrated the murder-suicide with a shotgun, injuring two bystanders.

Both bystanders are employees of Legacy MetroLab, which primarily processes drugs tests for employers according to a Legacy spokeswoman. One, a woman in her twenties, has been taken to Emanual Hospital with a non-life threatening injury, according to Barker. The other, a male age 63, suffered a gunshot wound and was helicoptered to Oregon Health & Science University hospital in Portland which has an advanced trauma center.

A man opened fire with a rifle Tuesday at a drug-testing laboratory in suburban Portland, killing one woman and wounding two other people before fatally shooting himself, police said. The shooter and the female victim were not immediately identified.

The shooting took place at Legacy Metrolab, a drug testing facility in Tualatin (pronounced Too-ALL-a-tin), a middle-class community of more than 26,000 located 13 miles from Portland. Tualatin is the site of the practice facility for the Portland Trail Blazers.

"There were people running all over the place when the officers first responded," Tualatin Police Chief Kent Barker. "It was pretty chaotic at first."

One of the wounded was taken to Emanual Hospital, while the other was flown to Oregon Health & Science University hospital in Portland, police said. Their conditions were not available.

Witnesses said a woman in a bloodied lab coat ran into a nearby Subway sandwich shop after the shooting.

Alina Kurtavenao, who works at the Subway, said the woman had blood on a leg and on her forehead.

"She wasn't crying, she wasn't scared. I think she was in shock," she said.

Legacy MetroLab conducts drug and alcohol testing for employers and others, according to company spokeswoman Kathleen Gorman.

"There were probably six people working there," said Travis Bonser, a teller at a Chase Bank across the street. "It's just a regular lab."

The Tigard-Tualatin School District was in lockdown following the shooting at Legacy MetroLab, which was reported at 11:48 a.m.