Shot fired inside East Portland school, police say; no injuries, 1 arrest

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Police said they have arrested the mother of a student whose gun fired inside the cafeteria of Jason Lee Elementary School Thursday afternoon.

Police said they don’t believe the gun was fired with the intent to injure anyone. No one was injured.

Police were called to the school, located at 2222 N.E. 92nd Avenue, just after 4:30 p.m.

The 911 caller provided police with a description of the suspect. She had left the school before officers showed up. They found her near Northeast 92nd Avenue and Halsey Street.

Police said the suspect entered the school to pick up her child, and while she was inside the cafeteria, her gun discharged.

The school said the gun was in the person's bag when it went off.

Police said they don’t believe the school community or the neighboring community are in danger.

The school sent a message to school families, saying the school immediately went into lockdown when the incident happened.

"This is an alarming incident and we are thankful that no one was hurt," the school said in the message. "Keeping our students safe is a responsibility we take very seriously. As our highest priority, we will look at every opportunity to ensure a safe environment."

The school said it will have counselors on hand for students and staff Friday morning.

Police said they will identify the suspect once she’s taken to the Multnomah County Jail.

Full message sent from the school to parents:

Dear Jason Lee families,
All students and staff are safe, but we want you to be aware of a serious situation taking place tonight.
After school, an adult picking up a student at SUN School had a gun in their bag. The gun discharged and one shot was fired. All students and staff are safe. The school immediately went into a lockdown and police responded.
Police are currently onsite conducting an investigation and will be speaking with witnesses.
This is an alarming incident and we are thankful that no one was hurt. Keeping our students safe is a responsibility we take very seriously. As our highest priority, we will look at every opportunity to ensure a safe environment. We are working to ensure we have counselors and other support staff at school in the morning to provide assistance to students and staff.
If you have questions, please contact the Jason Lee main office.
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