Teen who brought gun to high school faces new charge
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A student who was tackled after reportedly bringing a gun into classroom at an Oregon high school has been indicted on a new charge that claims he was trying to fire the gun.
Angel Granados-Diaz was arraigned May 20 on suspicion of possession of a firearm in a public building, possession of a loaded firearm in public and reckless endangering. He pleaded not guilty.
A Multnomah County grand jury on Friday indicted Granados-Diaz, 19, on those three charges as well as discharge of a firearm at a school, The Oregonian/OregonLive reported .
Portland police previously said that officers found no evidence Granados-Diaz fired the shotgun while at Parkrose High School May 17.
The teen appeared briefly in court Tuesday for an indictment hearing, but it was moved to Wednesday because his attorney Adam Thayne wasn’t able to attend.
Granados-Diaz had a single round in his shotgun while on campus and wasn’t carrying any other weapons or ammunition with him, police said. A Portland police arrest form filed in court referred to what happened as a “suicide attempt with firearm.” Authorities have not publicly said if it’s known why Granados-Diaz went to school with the gun. No one was injured.
Witnesses told The Oregonian/OregonLive that Granados-Diaz entered his fourth-period government class before lunch with the weapon and was disarmed and restrained by Keanon Lowe, a coach and security guard at the school. About 15 students were in the class.
Lowe later said he’d walked into the classroom about 20 seconds before Granados-Diaz and was looking for the student in response to a security call to bring the teen to the school’s front office.
Two students had informed a staff member of “concerning behavior” from Granados-Diaz, according to the Parkrose School District.
Information from: The Oregonian/OregonLive, http://www.oregonlive.com